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The Taming of a Shrew. 











Produced by C. PRAETORIUS, 14 Clareville Grove, 
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IJ^rrg' Jfuniiball, 

(Born April 5, 1867,) 

One-Mile Tricycle Champion, 1885 and 1886 ; 

One-Mile and Five-Mile Bicycle Champion, 1886 ; 

Champion of the English Team in America, 1885 (11 races, 11 prizes ; 
7 firsts, 3 seconds, i third) ; 

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Club, 1886 ; 

Winner of the International Challenge Shield, and City Challenge Cup, 

Kildare Challenge Cup, Surrey Challenge Cup and Trophy, &c., 1886 ; 

Rider of One Mile in 2 min. 30 sec, Aug. 1886. 

18 Firsts, 3 Seconds, in his 21 Races, 1886. 




I. T/iose by 


1. Hamlet. 1603. 

2. Hamlet. 1604. 

3. Midsummer Night's Dream. 1600. (Fisher.) 

4. Midsummer Night's Dream. 1600. (Roberts.) 
6. Loves Labor's Lost. 1598. 

6. Merry Wives. 1602. 

7. Merchant of Venice. 1600. (Roberts.) 

2. TAose by 

14. Much Ado About Nothing. 1600. 

15. Taming of a Shrew. 1684. 

16. Merchant of Venice. 1600. (I. R. for 

Thomas Heyes. ) 

17. Richard II. 1597. Duke of Devonshire's 

copy, [on stojie.) 

18. Richard IL 1597. Mr Huth. (fotograft.) 

19. Richard II. 1608. Brit. Mus. (fotoyrdft.) 

20. Richard II. 1631 (fotngraft.) 

21. Pericles. 1609. Qi. 

22. Pericles. 1609, Q.2. 

23. The Whole Contention. 1619. Part L (for 

2 Henry VI.). 

24. The Whole Contention. 1619. Part 11. (for 

3 Henry VL). 

25. Romeo and Juliet. 1597. 

IV. Griggs. 

8. Henry IV. 1st Part. 1598. 

9. Henry IV. 2nd Part, 1600. 

10. Passionate Pilgrim. 1599. 

11. Richard m. 1597. 

12. Venus and Adonis. 1593. 

13. Troilus and Cressida. 1609. 

C. Praetorius. 

26. Romeo and Juliet. 1599. 

27. Henry V. 1600. 

28. Henry V. 1608. 

29. Titus Andronicus. 1600. 

30. Sonnets and Lover's Complaint. 16C9. 

31. Othello. 1622, 

32. OtheUo. 1630, 

33. King Lear. 1608. Qi. (N. Butter, Pit/e^aZ?.) 

34. King Lear. 1608. Q2. (N. Butter.) 

35. Lucrece. 1594. 

36. Romeo and Juliet. Undated, {fotograft.) 

37. Contention. 1594. [fotorjroft.) 

38. True Tragedy. 1595. (fotograft.) 

39. The Famous Victories. 1598. [not yet done.) 

40. The Troublesome Raigne. 1691. (For 

King John : not ytt done.) 

\Shakspere- Quarto Facsimiles, No. 15.] 



§ I. Why^ Shretu'xs in a * Shakspere 
Quarto Facsimile' Series, p. iii 
§ 2. Three hands in The Shreio, p. iii 
§ 3. Shakspere's use of A Shrew, p. iv 

§ 4. Authorship of A Shmv, p. viii 
§ 5. Editions of ^ Shrciv, p. x 
§ 6. Time of the Play, p, x < 
§ 7. This Facsimile, p. xiii 

§ I. This Quarto of a play in which Shakspere had no hand, 
is included in the series of " Shakspere Quarto Facsimiles " for the 
same reason that The Contention and True Ti-a^^edy have already 
found place there, because it is a play which Shakspere and a fellow- 
worker re-wrought. 

§ 2. As L think it certain xthat two hands besides Shakspere's 
workt on the recast of The Cofitention and True Tragedy into the 
First and Second Parts of Henry the Sixth, so I cannot doubt that 
another man helpt Shakspere — or rather, that he helpt another 
man — in the conversion of the " Taming of A Shrew " into the 
" Taming of ///^ Shrew." There are many scenes and lines in *' The 
Shrew " in a style in which I hold that Shakspere did not, at any 
time of his life, write, such as the following, in Act I. sc. i. : 

Tra. Mafler, it is no time to chide you now ; 148 
Affe6lion is not rated from the heart : 
If loue haue touch'd you, naught remaines but fo : 
' Redime te captnni quam qucas niinivio / ' 153 

Luc. Gramercies, Lad ! Go forward ! this contents : 
The refl wil comfort, for thy counfel's found. 

Tra. Mafter, you look'd fo longly on the maide. 
Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all. 157 

Lice. Oh, yes, I faw fweet beautie in her face. 
Such as the daughter of Agenor had, 
That made great loiie to humble him to her hand, 
When with his knees he kifl the Cretan ftrond ! 161 

As the late Richard Grant White wrote long ago : 

**In The Taming of the Shrew three hands at least are traceable ; that of the 
author of the old play, that of Shakspere himself, and that of a co-labourer. The 
first appears in the structure of the plot, and in the incidents and dialogue of most 
of the minor scenes : to the last must be assigned the greater part of the love- 
business between Bianca and her two suitors ; while to Shakspere belong the 
strong clear characterization, the delicious humour, and the rich verbal colouring 
of the recast Induction, and all the scenes in which Katharine and Petruchio 



and Grumio are the prominent figures, together with the general effect produced 
by scattering lines and words and phrases here and there, and removing others 
elsewhere, throughout the rest of the play." (Quoted in Dyce's Shakspcre, 2nd 
ed. 1866, iii. 102-3, from Grant White's Introduction to the Shrew in his 
first edition of Shakspere, vol. ii. It is also in his second edition, * The 
Riverside Sh.,' tho' the Introductions are only a page each.) 

As Grant White says, the Old Play-wright's work underlies the 
whole play, and crops up frequently all through ; the Adapter's is 
seen in these structural changes; — i, the removal of the scene of 
the action from Athens to Padua ; 2, the addition of the disguising 
intrigues of Bianca's lovers ; 3, the substitution of one sister of Kate's 
for two, and of the Pedant for Vincentio ; and in the re-cast of these 
Acts and Scenes: Act I.; Act II. Sc. i., lines 1-114, 327-413; 
Act III. Sc. i. ; ii. 126-150, 242-254; Act IV. Sc. ii. iv. (iii. v. 
Dyce); Act V. Sc. i. ; ii. 1. 181-189. Shakspere rewrote the In- 
duction, and the parts of Katharine and Petruchio, and almost all 
Grumio, with the other characters on the stage at the same time as 
they were, namely, Induction; Act II. sc. i. 115-326; III. ii. 1-125, 
151-241 ; IV. i. (and ii. Dyce), IV. iii. v. (iv. vi. Dyce); and V. 
ii. 1-180; with occasional touches elsewhere. 

§ 3. Shakspere's work at A Shrew then was, not to alter it 
structurally as well as re-create all its characters, — as he did to turn 
' The Troublesome Raigne ' into his King John — but to inform with 
his genius the three leading characters — Ferando, Kate, Sander — 
of the unnamed old play-wright, and the other subsidiary ones who 
had to be on the stage with them. And as he found in the drawer 
of the Jack Cade of The Contention a writer whom he needed but to 
develope, so in the sketcher of Sander (or Saunders) in A Shrew 
he recognized an artist whose work he had but to touch up in order 
to produce some of his most effective Grumio scenes in The Tamifig 
of The Shrew. Compare the following bits which I printed in the 
New Shakspere Society's Trans. 1874, p. 107-110: — 

A Shrew, (p. 31, 1. 23.) 

San. What say you to a peese of bee^e 
and nmstard now ? 

Kate. Why, I say tis excellent 
raeate ; canst thou helpe me to some ? 

San. /, I could helpe you to some, 
hut that I doubt the mustard is too 
collerick for you. But what say you to 
a sheepes head and garlick ? 

Kate. Why, any thing ; I care not 
what it be. 

The Shrew : Shakspere. 

Gru. What say you to a peece of Beefe 

and mustard ? 
Kate. A dish that I do loue to feede 


Gru. /, dut the mustard is too hot a 

Kate. Then both or one, or any thing 
thou wilt. 

Out, villaine ! dost thou mocke me? Go, get thee gone, thoii false deluding 
Take that for thy sawsinesse ! slaue ! \_Beats him. 

[She beates him. 

§ 3. siiakspere's use of n 

A Shrew, (p. 35—37.) 
Enter Ferando and Kate and Sander. 
San. Master, the haberdasher has 
brought my 
Mistresse home her cappe here. 

P'eran. Come hitlier, siira ! what 

haue you there ? 
Ilabar. A veluet cappe, sir, and it 

please you. 
Feran. Who spoake for it? didst 

thou, Kale? 
Kate. What if I did? come hither, 
sirra ! g.ue me 
Tiie cap ! He see if it will fit me. 

[She sets it one hir head. 
Feran. O monstrous, why it becomes 
tliee not, 

Let j/ie see it, Kate : here, sirra, take 
hence ! 

This cappe is out of fashion quite. 
Kale. The fashion is good inough : 

belike you 
Meane to make a foole of 7ne. 

Feran. IVhy, true, he Jiieajtes to 
make a foole of thee, 
To haue thee put on such a curtald 

cappe ! 
Sirra, begon with it ! 

[Enter the Taylor with a gowne. 
San. Here is the Taylor too with my 

Mistris gowne. 
Feran. Let me see it, Taylor : what, 
with cut% and iagges ! 
Sounes, you villaine, thou hast spoiled 
the gowne ! 

Taylor. Why, sir, I made it as your 
man gaue me direction. 
You may reade the note here, 

Feran. Come hither, sirra ! Taylor, 

reade the note. 
Taylor. Item, a faire round compast 


San. /, thats true. 

Taylor. And a large truncke sleeue. 

San. Thats a lie, maister. / sayd, 

two truncke sleeues. 
Feran. Well sir, goe forward ! 
Taylor. Item, a loose bodied goivne. 
San. Maister, if cner I sayd loose 
bodies^ goivne. 


77^t' Shrew, (p. 224, col. i, Booth.) 

Fel. Heere is the cap your Worship 
did be.speake. 

Tet. A Veluet dish ! 

Away with it, come let me haue a bigger. 

Kate. He haue no bigger ; this doth 
fit the time . . . 
Bi like yon meane to make a puppet oj 

Pet. Why true, he mcanes to jnake a 
puppet of thee. 

Pet. Thy goivne ; why, I : come 

Tailor, let vs see V. . . . 
Ileers snip, and nip, and cut, and slish 

and slash, . . . 
Why, what, a deuils name, Tailor, cal'st 

thou this? . . . 
Tai. Your worship is deceiu'd ; the 

gowne is 7)iade 
lust.rtj my master had direction : 
Grumio gaue order how it should be 

done. . . . 

Why, heere is the note of the fashion to 
testify. . . . 
Tai. With a small compast cape. 

Gru. / confesse the cape. 
Tai. With a trunke sleeue. 
Gru. / confesse two sleeues. 

Tail. Imprimis, a loose bodied goivne. 
Gru. Master, if ener I said loose- 
bodied goivne, sow me in the skirts of it, 

This 'bodies ' certainly looks better than 'bodied.' Bat see note p. xiii. 


§ 3. siiakspere\s use of his original in 'a shrew.* 

{A Shrew.) 

ScTV me in a seame, and beate jne to 

With a bottome of brotvne thrcd. 

Taylor. I made it as the note bad 

San. / say the note lies in his 
throate, and thou too, 
And thou sayst it. 

Taylor. Nay, nay, nere be so hot, 

sirra, for I feare you not. 
San. Doost thou heare, Taylor ? thou 
hast braued 
Many men : braue not me ! 
Thoiist faste many men. 
Taylor. Well sir. 

San. Face not me! He nether be faste 
nor braued 
At thy handes, I can tell thee. 

Kate. Come, come. Hike the fashion 
of it well enough, 
Heres more a do then needs ; He haue 
it, I, 

And if you do not like it, hide your eies : 
/ ihinke I shall haue nothing by your 

Feran. Go, I say, and take it vp for 

your maisters vse. 
San. Souns, villaine! not for thy 

life ! touch it not ! 
Souns ! take vp my mistris gowne to his 

Maisters vse ! 
Feran. Well, sir, whats your conceit 

of it? 

San. I haue a deeper conceite in it 
then you thinke for : 
Take vp my mistris gowne 
To his maisters vse ! 

Feran. Tailor, come hether ; for this 
time take it 
Hence againe, and He content thee for 
thy paines. 
Taylor. I thanke you sir. 

[Exit Taylor. 
Feran. Come, Kate, we now will go 
see thy fathers house 
Euen in these honest meane abilli7nents. 
Our purses shall be rich, our garments 

To slirowd our bodies from the winter 

And thats inough, what should we care 
for more ? 

{The Shrew.) 
and beate me to death with a bottome of 
broivne thred. . . . 

Tail. This is true that / say : and I 
had thee in place where thou 
shouldst know it. 

Grn. Thou hast fac'd many things. 
Tail. I haue. 

Gru. Face not mee : thou hast brau'd 
manie men ; braue not me ; / will 
neither bee fac'd nor braued. . . . 

Kate. I neuer saw a better fashioned. 
gowne. . . . 
Loue me, or loue me not, J like the cap, 
And it I will haue, or I will haue none. 

Hor. / see shees like to haue neither 

cap nor gowne. . . . 
Pet. Go take it vp vnto thy masters 


Gru. Villaine, not for thy life ! 

Take vp my Mistresse gowne for thy 
masters vse ! 
Pet. Why sir, what's your conceit in 

Gm. Oh sir, the conceit is deeper then 
you think for. 
Take vp my Mistress gowne 
to his masters vse. Oh fie, fie, fie. 

Pet. Horterisio, say thou wilt see 
the Tailor paide : 
Go take it hence. 

Hor. Tailor, He pay thee for thy 
gowne to-morrow. 

Pet. Well, come my Kate, we will 
vnto yowr fathers, 
Euen in these honest meane habilit?ients : 
Our purses shall be proud, our garments 
poore. ... 

§ 3. shakspere's use of his original in 'a shrew.' vii 

(yi Shrew.) (T/ie Shrew.} 

Thy sis!ers, Kate, to morrow must be .... we will hence forthwith, 

And I haue promised them thou shouldst To feast and sport vs at thy fathers 

be there house. 

The morning is well vp : /£fs haste awny ; Lei's see ; I thinke 'tis now some seuen 

a clocke. 

It will be nine a clocke ere we come And well loe may come there by dinner 

there. ' time. 

Kate. Nine a clock ! why tis all- Kate. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis 

read ie past /?c'f almost t7U0 ; 

In the after noone by all the clocks in And twill be supper time ere you come 

the towne, there. 
Feran. I say tis but nine a clock in 

the morning. 
Kate. I say tis two a clocke in the 

after noone. 

Feran. It shall be nine then ere we Pet. // shall be seuen ere I go to 

go to your fathers. horse ; 

Come backe againe ! we will not go to Looke, what I speake, or do, or thinke 

day. to doe, 

^o\\>\\\gh\\\. crossing oS. VAQ. still ! You are still crossing it. Sirs, let 't 

lie haue you say as / doo, ere you go. alone ; 
[Exeunt omnes. 

I will not goe to day ; and cre.I doe^ 
It shall be what a clock I say it is. 

Compare, too ; — 

A Shrew, (p. 39-40.) ^/^^ Shrew, (p. 225, col. 2.) 

Feran. Come, Kate, the Moone Pet. Good Lord, how bright and 
shines clee^e to night, goodly shines the Moone. 


Kate. The moone? why, husband, Kate. The Moone! the Siinm : it is 
you are deceiued ; not Moonelight now. 

// is the sun. 

Feran. Yet againe ! come backe Pet. I say it is the Moone that shines 
againe ! it shall be so bright. . . . 

The moone It shall be moo7ie^ or starre, or what I 


ere we come at your fathers. Or ere I iourney to your Fathers 

house. . . . 

Kate. Why, lie say as you say, it is ~ Kate. ... be it moone or sunne, or 
the moone. what you please. . . . 

. ... it shall be so for me. 
Feran. lesus saue//^^ glorious moone. Pet. I say it is the Moone. 
Kate. lesus saue the glorious moone. Kate. I knowe it is the Moone. 

So also the bits about making Kate greet old Vincentio (the 
Duke of Cestus in Shrew") as a " Faire louely maide," and the 
scene of the bets on the wiveg' obedience, are both in A Shrew. 

Compare the following lines from the last Scene : — 

A Shrew. The Shrew. 

Laying our handes vnder their fette to And place your hands below your hus- 
tread, bands foote : 

viii § 3. DATE OF ' THE SllREW.^ § 4. DID MAULOWE WlilTE * A SHREW ' 1 

A Shrew. The Shrew. 

If that, by that, we might procure their In token of vvliicli clutie, if he please, 

ease. My hand is readie, may it do him ease. 

And for a president lie first begin, 
And lay niy hand vnder my husbands 
s fcete. 


Tis Kate and I am wed, and you are sped Pet. Come Kate, iveile to bed ; 
And so farewell, for xve will to our bed's. We three are married, but yoii two are 


In the Old Spellhig Shakspere we have cut the play up on Mr 
Grant White's lines, and printed the non-Shaksperian part in small 
type, and the Shaksperian in large, as we have done with the other 
semi-spurious plays. 

The kinship of Grumio's humour to Falstaff's, and the possibly 
confirming fact that Pistol quotes in 2 Hen. IV, V. iii. 146, the 
same song as Petruchio does in The Shrew, "Where is the life that 
late I led," IV. i. 143, make me put The Shrew in 1596-7. 

§ 4. With regard to the authorship of A Shrew, I do not 
myself feel the necessity of its having had two writers. The 
text gives me no such conviction of two different men being con- 
cerned in it as The Contention and True Tragedy do. I am content 
to suppose A Shrew the work of some one unknown man. If it is to 
be divided between two known ones, probably most readers will 
accept the suggestion of Charles Knight that at least the comic part 
was Greene's, and the argument of his United-States correspondent 
that at least the more poetic and inflated parts were Marlowe's. 
This correspondent compares the following passages copied from 
Marlowe's known plays into A Shrew (Knight's Shakspere, 2nd ed. 
1842, ii. 114-115)- 

Marlowe. A Shrew. 

Now that the gloomy shadow of the Now that the gloomie shaddow of the 

night, night, 
Longing to view Orion's drizzling look. Longing to view Orions drisling lookes. 
Leaps from the antarctic world unto the Leapes from th' antarticke World vnto 

sky, the skie 

And dims the welkin with his pitchy And dims the Welkin with her pitchie 

breath. breath. 

Fatistus, p. 8, ed. 18 1 8 A Shrew. Induction, i. 10-13, p. 3 

Fairer than rocks of pearl and precious Whose eies are brighter then the lampes 

stone. ... of heauen, 

Whose eyes are brighter than the lamps Fairer then rocks of pearle and pretious 

of heaven. stone. 

Tajuburlaine, Part I. Act III. Sc. iii. A Shreiv, iii. 22-3, p. 9 

Image of honour and nobility. . . . The image of honor and Nobililitie, 

In whose sweet person is compris'd the In whose sweet person is comprisde the 
sum somme 



/ Marlowe. A Shrew. 

Of nature's skill and heavenly majesty. Of natures skill and heaucnlie maiestie. 

TamburlainCy Pt. I. Act V. sc. ii. A Shrew, iv. 31-5, p. 10 

Eternal Heaven sooner be dissolv'd, Eternall heauen sonner be dissolude, ' 

And all that pierceth Phoebus' silver eye, And all that pearseth Phebus silver cie, 

Before such hap fall to Zenocrate. Before such hap befall to Polidor. 

■ Tatiiburlaiiie, Pt. I. Act HI. sc. ii. A Shreiv, vi. 36-8, p. 21 

Thy garments shall be made of Median Thou shalt haue garments wrought of 

silk, Median silke, 

Enchas'd with precious jewels of mine Enchast wiih pretious Jewells fctcht 

own. from far. 

Tambiirlaine, Pt. I. Act I. sc. ii. A Shrav, vii. 71-2, p. 23 

And Christian merchants that with By Italian Marchants that with Russian 

Russian stems stemes, 

Plough up huge furrows in the Caspian Pious vp huge forrowes in the Terren 

sea. Maine. 

Tavibiirliine, Pt. I. Act I. sc. ii. A Shreu', vii. 73-4, p. 23 
The terrene main. ,, ,, ,, sc. i. 

Wagner. Come hither, sirrah boy ! Boy. Come hither sirha boy. 

Robiii. 'Boy'! oh disgrace to my San. Boy: oh disgrace to my 

person ! Zounds, ' boy' in your face ! person, souns, boy of your face, you 

You have seen many boys with beards, liaue many boies with such Picka- 

I am sure. deuantes, I am sure. 

Faust us, p. 12, ed. 18 1 8 A Shrrw, viii. 1-4, p. 24 

With ravishing sounds of his melodious And rauishing sound of his melodious 

harp, harpc. 

Fausius, p. 20 A Shrezv, xiv. 32, p. 38 

Knight's American correspondent quotes several more passages 
in which A S/i?r7c's imitation of Marlowe is strong, but not so 
direct as the transfers above. He also proves, by a dozen quota- 
tions (p. 116-117), that Marlowe often did repeat himself; he 
parallels the tall-talk description of beauty in A Shrew, Tambiir- 
laine, and Faiistus (p. 1 1 7), the pictures of Wealth in A Shrew and 
the Jew of Malta (p. 115), the extravagance of declamation in A 
Shrew "SJidi Tamhurlaine (p. 118); he says that Marlowe did write 
a comedy, now lost, The Maiden's Holiday, and that A Shrew's 
Sander and Boy are pretty much a repetition of Faustuss Wagner and 
Robin, ' from whom indeed they borrow verbatim the commence- 
ment of a dialogue' (viii. i — 4). 'Does it not appear more reason- 
able,' then, 'to suppose' that Marlowe wrote A Shrew, than that 
another man copied so many lines and expressions, and borrowd 
so many ideas and characteristics from him ? I can only say for 
myself, that 1 beHeve in the copier and plagiarist, and reject the 
theory of Marlowe's authorship of A Shi'eiv^ in whole or in part. 


§ 5. Of Shrew'' we know three old editions. 

The first edition is thus enterd in the Stationers' Registers : 

Secundo die maij 

Peter Shorte / Enterd vnto him for his copie vnder master 
warden Cawoodes hande / a booke intituled 
A plesant Conceyted historic called the 

Tayminge of a Shrowe vj'^ / 

Stat. Reg. ed Arber, ii. 306 b., or p. 648. 

The second edition of 1596 — 'Imprinted at London by P. S.' 
for ' Cuthbert Burbie ' : a copy at Bridgev/ater House — is not 
enterd on the Register; but the third is, thus, in 1607 : 

22. lanuarij 

Master Linge Enterd for his copies by direccon of A Court 
and with consent of Master Burby vnder his 
handwrytinge "These .iij copies 

Romeo and luliett. 

Loues Labour Loste. 

The taminge of A Shrewe. xviij"^ R. 

Accordingly, this edition is ' Printed at London by V. S. for 
Nicholas Ling, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstans 
Church-yard in Fleet-street. 1607.' Copies are in the Bodleian, 
British Museum, Duke of Devonshire's vol. 375, &c. 

The edition of 1594 was reprinted by Nichols, and (ed. Amyot) 
for the old Shakespeare Society, and facsimiled by hand under 
Mr E. W. Ashbee's direction, only a hundred copies being printed. 
I have not compared the hand-facsimile and Mr Praetorius's sun 
ones all thro', but having done so occasionally, I note that both 
have agreed in letters misprinted in the original, and among others 
in the ' forrowes ' for ' forrowes ' = furrows, in the last line on C 4, 
p. 23 below. 

§ 6. On the time of the Play, our friend and helper, Mr P. A. 
Daniel, says in the New Shakspere Soc.'s Tra?is. 1877-9, p. ^^9 '• 
" In the old Play of the Taming of a Shrew the whole story is knit 
up in the course of two days. In the first, Ferando-Petruchio 
woos Kate and fixes his marriage for next Sunday [p. 14, 1. 76, 
1.' 103; p. 18, 1. 207, below]; 'next Sunday' then becomes to- 
morrow [p. 16, 1. 159], 'to-morrowe' becomes to-day, and to-day 
ends with the wedding night in Ferando's country house [p. 30, 
1. 222]. All the rest of the Play is included in the second 

§ 6. DOES 'a shrew' cover three days or four? xi 

Having workt out the time differently before I rememberd the 
passage above, I referd the point to Mr Daniel, and he writes that 
he now thinks he might have divided his "second day into two, 
making the second of them begin with the entry of Polidor &c.," 
p. 37 below (p. 527, Hazlitt's SJiaksp. Lib. I. ii.) In the preced- 
ing scene, same page, 1. 61, Ferando says, "Thy sisters, Kate, to- 
morrow must be wed," and this would suppose another day for 
the rest of the play. 

If the stage-direction on p. 21 "Enter Alfonso" must stand as 
it is, Mr Daniel's conclusion that the Sunday and ' to-morrowe ' of 
Ferando, Alfonso, &c. becomes to-day, Saturday, cannot be avoided 
(I think), as we cannot fairly put the whole of Saturday night 
between Polidor and Aurelius's going in to sit a while and chat 
with Emelia and Philena on p. 18, 1. 213, and then bringing 'them 
forth to take the aire ' as they do on p. 20, while Alfonso enters 
to them on p. 21. Yet as Ferando on p. 22, 1. 23, bids Alfonso 
'Godmorow', evidently on Sunday morning,^ I have taken ad- 
vantage of the couplet so — bestow on p. 21, 1. 53-4, and the cor- 
respondence of the scene following with III. ii. of The Shrew ^ to 
end sc. vi. with * bestow,' and to suppose the omission of the Stage- 
Direction Exeimt Oinnes after * bestow,' and that of * and Aurelius, 
Polidor, Emelia and Philena ' after ^ Enter Alfonso.' As this change 
makes the play consistent with itself, and alters no word of its text, 
but only the Stage-directions, which are so notoriously incomplete 
and faulty in most Quartos, I think it justifiable, especially as 
Phylena's couplet so — bestow may be fairly taken to point to the end 
of a scene.2 

Having thus Saturday and Sunday, I make Monday begin 
with sc. xii. p. 33, and end with sc. xiii. p. 37, while Tuesday 
comprises from sc. xiv. p. 37 to the end of the play : 4 days 

P.S. Mr Daniel has since been good enough to send me his 
scheme of the play. He rejects my cutting the continuous scene 
on p. 21 into two at Alfonso's entry, in order to begin Sunday there 
and make the play's time consistent with its words. He also makes 
one scene of the ten pages, 8-18 below, which I have cut into 3 
scenes, — partly thro carelessness, being misled when in a hurry, 
by the wrong Ex. Onmes'' on p. 9, and taking my sc. v. on p. 12 
to be a fresh one instead of a continuation of the old one. His 
scheme is as follows : 

^ Polidor's and Alfonso's 'to-day,' 1. 14, 21, p. 22, also imply Sunday. 
^ Compare me — solemnity, p. 39, 1. 46-7. I don't deny that more other 
couplets like three-tn:, p. 9, 1. 11-12, shrew (shro)-j-<?, p. 13, 1. 55-6, case- 
face, p. 19, I. 13-14, mate-pale, p. 19, 1. 28-9, occur in the middle of other 


" Taming of a Shreiu. Hazlitt's reprint. Sh. Lib. Pt. II, Vol. 11. 

1 r» 
1. p. 

497-508 (p. 8-18, Facs.) — 

" Enter two young Gentlemen " — to — " take the aire [Exit." 


11. p. 

508-513 (p. 18-24, Facs.)— 
Enter Valeria vi'ith a lute " — to — *' he will wed. [Exit." 


iii. p. 

513-518 (p. 24-28, Facs.) — 

"Enter Polidors Boy " — to— "they left behind [Exit omnes." 


IV. p. 

'?i8-cj2o (d. 28-"^o. Facs^ — 

" Enter Sanders " — to — ** vnto there lure. 



V ' n 

V. IJ. 

c;2o-tJ2i ^D. '?o-'?i. Facs.^ — 

*' Enter Aurelius " — to — " then lets go. 



VI. p. 

521-523 (P- 3i-33» Facs.)— 

*' Enter Sanders" — to — '* louingly agree. 

[Ex. Omnes." 


vii. p. 

523-525 (P- 33-35. Facs.)— 
"Enter Aurelius" — to — "go with you. 

[Ex. Omnes." 


v'iii. p. 

525-527 (p. 35-37, Facs.)— 

** Enter P'erando " — to — "ere you go. 

[Exeunt Omnes." 


ix. p. 

527-530 (P- 37-39, Facs.)— 

" Enter Polidor " — to — "sweet solemnity. 

[Ex. Omnes." 


X. p. 

530-531 (P- 39;4i, Facs.)— 
"Enter Ferando" — to — "shape againe. 

[Ex. Omnes." 


xi. p. 

532-535 (P- 41-45, Facs.)— 

" Enter Alfonso " — to — "to your ship. 

[Exeunt Omnes." 


xii. p. 

536-541 (p. 46-51, Facs.)— 

" Enter Ferando" — to — " Exit Polidor and Emelia." 

" Day I, Sc. i. to iv., includes the opening day and " tomorrow — 
next Sunday." The only possible way I see of dividing the time is 
to make the tomorrow — next Sunday " day commence with my 
sc. ii. ; tho' I believe that scene to be a continuation of the opening 
day. [Certainly — F.]i I can't possibly make any break in that 
scene on the entry of Alfonso, p. 511 (p. 21, Facs.). 

" Day II, sc. v. to viii. "j I was no doubt wrong in making this 
" Day III, sc. ix. to xii. j portion of the play only one day." 

The number of the Characters in the Play is larger than I should 
have thought the ordinary travelling Company of Shakspere's time 

^ Observe, however, that Valeria says (Hazlitt's Sh. Lib. II. ii. 508) : ' Come 
. . . will you take your lute, and play the lesson that I taught you last ? ' Kate, 
then, has had at least one previous lesson. It isn't likely that she had two lessons 
on the same day. Yet (at p. 510, Hazlitt) Val. says : ' For he and Polydor sent 
me before,' &c. ; with which of. pp. 506, 507. Apparently the writer forgot his 
characters' talk at these latter references, or deliberately altered his time-scheme 
at Valeria's entry (p. 510). — W. G. Stone. 


would be. Even with doubling several of the parts, A Shrew would 
require about ten men and four boys. 

§ 7. This Facsimile is made from the Duke of Devonshire's 
unique original, which he kindly lent at my request to Mr Praetorius, 
who fotograft it, and made the transfers. Mr Kell has put it on 
stone. The scenes and lines of A Shrew are markt here on the 
inside margins ; while those lines which contain words that have 
been more or less taken up into The Shrew are numberd and 
daggerd on the outer margins, where the corresponding Acts and 
Scenes of The Shrew are also markt. I owe many thanks to the 
Duke of Devonshire for his unfailing kindness in the loan of his 
originals, and to my friend Mr Daniel for his like ready help in all 
Shakspere troubles and puzzles. 

Michaelmas night, 1886 : 

3 St. George's Square, London, N. \V. 


P- iv, § 3. * stnicturally.^ 
Shakspere followed the structure of the T. R. closely : his chief alterations 
in this respect consisting in the on>ission of the Bastard's visit to a religious 
house, and the details of K. John's poisoning. —W. G. Stone. But see Mr 
Edward Rose's Paper, read before the New Shakspere Society in or about 1876, 
and then printed in Macmillan* s Magazine. It is to my impression of this that I 
refer.— F. 

p. V. Loose-bodied. 

See Var. Sh.^ 1821, v. 488. Reed refers to Dekker's Honest Whore, Ft. 2. 
Penelope Whorehound (who wants to pass as an honest woman) enters Mike a 
a Citizen's wife.' She says: *. . . if I go among citizens' wives, they jeer at 
me ; if I go among the loose-bodied gowns, they cry a pox on me, because I go 
civilly attired, and swear their trade was a good trade, till such as I am took 
it out of their hands' : &c. — Dodsley's Old Plays, 1780, vol. iii. pp. 478, 479. 

In the 1st Part of the Jlonest Whore, a Bawd says to Bellafront (the honest 
whore) ; * O sweet Madona, on with your loose gown, your felt and your feather ! ' 
— Dodsley, iii. 313. Observe that, in the quotation from the 2nd Part of H. W., 
' loose-bodied gowns ' = whores ; they apparently having this distinctive garb, 
which no decent woman would w^ear. 

p. viii. Marlotve and a Shreiu. 
Samuel Hickson pointed out eight years later than Knight's friend {Notes and 
Queries, ist S. i. 226, 227, Feb. 9, 1850), the first, second, and seventh of these 
passages. I suspect tliat he gave some of the other parallelisms, but as he didn't 
quote in full, and I don't possess the particular edition he refers to, I haven't 
verified more than these three. — W. G. Stone. 

p. ix. Copier and plagiarist. 
Mr A. H. Bullen tells me that this is his conclusion too, in his edition of 
Marlowe. He thinks Marlowe's big words were adopted as a joke by the 
writer of A Shreiv. 


Characters in a Shrew. 

Induction (12 Men and 2 Boys). 

Tapster, (sig. A 2) p. 3, (G 2) p. 51. 

Slie, (A 2) p. 3, p. 6, p. 18, p. 39, p. 43, p. 45, p. 51. 

A Lord, (named Simon, sig. A 4, p. 7) and his Men, (A 2) p. 3, p. 6, p. 45. 

A Messenger, (A 3) p. 5. 

Two Players, (Sander, f a married man (p. 5, 1. 64), and Tom %) p. 5 
A Boy (who acts as Slie's Lady), p. 5, p. 7, p. 45. 
Four Servants, p. 6. 

The Play : 14 men, and 4 Boys (i Polidor's, 3 as Alfonso's Daughters). 

POLIDOR (in love with Emelia, Alfonso's third and youngest Daughter), p. 8. 
AuRELius (son of Ierobell, Duke of Cestus, p. 45, soon in love with 
Phylena, Alfonso's second daughter), p. 8. 

Valeria (p. .^i, 1. 63), Anrelius's man, p. 8. 
Polidors Boy, p. 8, p. 47. 

Simon, A mute, who enters with Alphonsus, (sig. B) p. 9. 
Alphonsus or Alfonso, (B) p. 9, 
and his three Daughters — 

1. Kate (B, p. 9) (who weds Ferando). 

2. Phylena or Philena (B, p. 9) (who weds Aurelius). 

3. Emelia (B, p. 9) (who weds Polidor). 
Ferando (who weds Kate), p. 11. 

t Saunders or Sander, Ferando's man, p. 11. 

^ Will, &c. ! ferando's men, p. 28. 

Phylotus, the Merchant (who acts as Aurelius'' Father), p. 33, p. 41. 
The Haberdasher, p. 35. \ 
The Tailor, p. 35. 

Ierobell (p. 45), Duke of Cestus, p. 40, p. 42. 

The scene of the Induction is any hunting county, with an Inn and a Lord's 
house, in England. That of the Play, Athens. The stage time of the whole, one 
night. Time of the Play, (3 or) 4 days : Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. 


Pleafant Conceited 

Hiflorie^ called The taming 
of a Shrew. 

A$ it was fundry times afited by the 
Righf honorahle the Earle of 
Pc/nbrook his feruants. 

Printed at London by Peter Short and 
arePo he foldhy Cuthert Burhiey at 
(hop at the Royall Exchange* 


A Pleafant conceited Hifi:orie,called 
ne Teaming of a Shre'W. 

Enter a Tapftcr,beating out of his doores 


YOu whorfon droonkcn flaiic, you had bdl be gone. 
And empty your droonkcn panch fbme where elfc 
For in cms houfe thou (hair not reft to night, 


Site. Tilly vallyjbycrifeeTapfterllefcfe you anon. ?+ 
Fils the tothcr pot and alls paid for, looke you 
I doo drinke it of mine o wne Inftecation, Omne bene 
Heere He lie a while, why Tapfter I fay, 
Fils a frefh cullicn heere. 
Heigh ho, heers good warmc lying. 

Hefais allccpe; 

Enter a Noble man a nd his men 
from hunting. 
Lord. Nowthatthegloomiefhaddowofthenigh^ 
Longing to view Orions driflinglookes, ' 
Leapes vcom th^antarticke World vnto the skie 
Jitid dims the Welkin with her pitchie breath, 
>tfnd dai'kefome night orefhades the chriftall heaucns, 
Herebrcake wc off 3ur hunting for to night, 

A 2 Cuppel 






Thetamingof aShrei^v. Sc i. 

Cuppk vpp e the hounds and let vs hie vs fjome^ 
And bid the huntCnan fee them meatcd well. 
For they haue all dcfcru'^d it well to daie, 
But foft, what fleepic fellow is this lies heere ^ 
Or is he dead, fee one what he dooth lacke ? ((itt^e^ 

Beruirtgrnan, My lord^tis nothing but a drunken 
His head is too heauie for his bodie, 
And he hath drunkc fo much that he can go no furden 
Ijord. Fie, how the flauifh villaine ftinkcs of drinkc. 
Ho^firha arife. What fo found afleepe ? 
Go take him vppe and bcare him to my houfe> 

nd beare him eafilie for feare he wake. 
And in my faircft chamber make a fire, zs 
c^nd ftt a fumptuous banquet on the boord , 
c^d pu t my richeft garmentes on his backe^ 
Then let him at the liable in a chaire : 
When that is doone againft he (hall awake. 
Let heauenliemuficke play about him ftill. 
Go two ofyou avvaie and beareiiim hence^ 
And then He tell you what I haue de uifde> 
But lee in any cale you wake him nOt» I 3e 

Exemttwomxh Site. 
Now take my cloake and giue me one of yours, 
%^\ fello wes now, and foe you take me fo , 
For we will waite vpon this droonken man. 
To foe his countnance when he dooth awake 
Cxfnd finde himfolfe clothed in fuch attire. 
With heauenlie muficke founding in his eares^, 
And fuch abanquetfot beforehiseies. 
The fellow fore will thinke he is in heauen. 
But we will be about him when he wakes, 

nd fee you call him Lord,at eucrie word, 
y^nd offer thou him his horfe to ride abroad. 


So i 




The taming of a Shrem 
>tfnd thou his hawkes anclnoimdes to hunr the dcere, 
y/nd I vy'illaske whatfutts hemeanes to weare, 
c^nd what (b ere he faith fee you doo not laugh, 
But ftill pcrfwade him that he is a Lord. 
Enter one. 

Mef. And it plcafc your honour vour plaiers be com 
And doo attcnd'your honours pleauirc here. 

LcrJ. The fitted time they could haue chofen our^ 
Bid one or two of them come hither ftraight. 
Now will I fit my felfc accordindie. 
For they ftiaU play to him when ne awakes. 

Enter two of the players with packs at their 
backs, and a boy. 
Now {irs, what ftotc of plaies haue you ? 

San. Marrie my lord you maie hauea Tragical! 
Or a comoditie, or what you will. 

7he other. A Comedie thou (houldft lay, founs 

Lord, AtiA whats the name of your Comedie ? 

S^. Marrie my lord tis calde The taming of a /hrewt 
Tis a^od leflbn tor vs my lord^ for vsy are maried m^ 

The taming of a(hrew,thats excellent fur^ 
Go lee that you make you readie ftraight, 
For you muft play before a lord to nigntr 
Say you^ipehis men and I your fellow, 
Hecs fomerhing fooUfh,but what fo ere he faies. 
See that you be not dafht out of countenance. 
And firha go you makeyou ready ftraight^ 
1^ nddreneyourfelfelikelbmelouelieladie^ 
And when I call lee dhatyou come to rae^ 
For I will lay to him thou art his wife, 
Dallie with nim and hug him in thine artties, 
And if he defire to goe to bed with thee^ 

A 3 Th^ 


Indi. The Hmn^ of a Shrew, 

Then faia€ fome fcufc and fay thou wilt anon. 
Be gonel fay^ and (cc thoudoortit well. 

Boy. Feare not my Lord,! !c dandcll hini well enough 
And make him thinkc 1 loue him mightilie. Bx. boy. 

Lord, Now firs go you and make you ready to^, 
For you muft play afToone as he dooth wake/ 

San. ObrauCyfiihaTomjwemuftpIay before 
A foolifln Lordj come lees gomakevs ready. 
Go eet a difhclout to make cleaneyourfhooes. 
And He fpeake for the properties^ My Lord, we muft 
Haue a i"houlder of mutton for a properties 
And a litde vinegre to make our Diuellrore. 
Lord. Very well : firha fee that they want nothing. 

Entertwo with a table an d a banquet on it, and two 
^ other, with Slie afleepe in a chaire, richlie 

' ^' apparelled^Sc the mufick piaieng. 

One^ So: firha now go call my Lord, 

ltd tel htm that all things is ready as he wild it 
Another. Set thou fome wine vpon the boord 
kA nd then Ite go fetch my Lordprefendie. Exit 

Enter theLord and his men. 
Lord. Hownowjwhatis aUthingesreadie? 
One. I my Lord. Cftraight, 
Jjord. Then found the mufick, and He wake him 
C/fnd fee you doo as earft I gaue in charge. 
My ford. My lard^ he fleepes foundlie; Mv lord* 
fi S//>* Tapfter,gisalituefinallale. Heigh ho, 

Lord. Heers wine my lord, die pureft of the grape. 
She, For which Lord? 
Lord. Foryour honour my Lord 

d malcetheiong brcathdc Tygre broken winded. 
k. Bvtheinaffc I chinke lam a Lord indeed, 

Thctamwgof a shrew. 
She, Wholjami aLord?Ier«s what fine apparel! 


Lord. More richer faire your honour hath b y wcare, 
Jv)Q if it picafe you I will f a* h them ftraight. 

IVsL o/nd it your honour pleafc to ride abroad, 
lie fetch you luftie ftcedes morcfwift of pace 

Then winged Pef^^fus in ali his pride, 

Th^it ranfofwifdic oueithc Per/tan pUines, 

Tom, nd if your lionour pleafc to hunt the decre. 
Your hounds ftands readiccuppeld arihedoore. 
Who in running will orccakc the Row, 

Slk. Bytl 
Whats thy name 

Lord. Simcn and it pleafc your honour. 

SUe. Simon ^xh^its as much to fey Si mi on or Simon 
Put foorth thy hand and fill the pot. 
Giueme thy hand, J'/w. am I a lord indeed ? 

Lord. I my gratious Lord,andyour louelieladie 
Long time hath moorned foryour abfcnce heere, 
%^ nd now with ioy behold w here tlie dooth come 
To gratulateyour honours fafe retume. 

Enter the boy in Womans attire. 

XW. I my Lord. 

Slie. Matietisaprcttiewench^whacs hcrname.** 
Boy. Oh that my loiielie Lord would once vouchfafe 

To looke on m€,and leaue theft frandke fit<r, 

Or were I now but halfc fo eloquent, 

To paint in words what ife pertorme in dcedej, 

I know your honour then would pittie me* 

Slie. Harkeyou miftiene^wilyoueatapeeceof 




4-6 t 
4-7 f 

74- f 

^^; t 

110 f 

Jnd. ^ ^ 

Sc.ii. Th(( iam'mg of <t Shrew. Scii. 

f Come fit downc on my knee, Sm drinke to hir Sim^ 

For fhe and I will eo to bed anon, 
1 13 » Z<?r^. May it pleafe youjyour honors plaiers be come 
f 132 To ofier your honour a plaic. 

Slie. A plaic O braue^be they my plaicrs f 
Lord. 1 my Lord. 

fi/ip. Is there not a foole in the plaie 
Lord, Yes my lord, 

Slu, When wil they plaie Sim ? 6z 
Lord. Eiicn when it plcafc your honor, they be readie 
Boy, My lord He go oid them begin their plaie. 
She, Doo,but looke that you come againe. 
Boy. I warrant you my lord, I wil f\ot Jeaue you thus* 


sUe. Come Sim^ where be the plaiers? Sim fland by 
Me and wecle flout the plaiersout of their cores. 
Lord, IlecalthemmyIord.Hoewhcrcai^youthere? se 

Act! ^^""^ Tl^^SESHt. 

Enter two yoong Gentlemcrt,and a man Sc.iii. 

Tot. Welcome to o//^^/ my beloucdfii€n<i> 
To PUtoes fchoolcs ando/ rtftotk$ walkes, 
Wdcome from Ceflus famous for the loue. 
Of good Leander and his Tragedie, 
For whom thcHelefpont weepes brinifli teares. 
The greatefl: griefe is I a^nnot a$ I would 
Ciue entertainment to my decreft ftiendf 

Auret. Thankcs noble Polidor my fecond felfe. 
The faithfull loue which I haue found in thee 
Hath made m e leaue my fathers pr incelie cour(> 
TheDuke oiCeftus thrife renowmed featfi^ 
To come to %^thm thus to findtheeout. 




rhetimingofaShrew. ^^^^ 
Which fined hauefo happilieatxaiiid. 
My fortune now I doo account as great 
t^searft did G^j^rwheu he conquered moft, ' 
But tellme noble friend where (hal we lodge. 
For I am vnacquainted in this place. 

PoU. My Lord if you vouchfafc of fchoUers fare> 
My houfe, my felfe,and all is yours to vfe, 
You and your men fhall ftaie and lodge with me. 

Jurel. With all my hart, I will requite thy loue» 
Enter Simony %^ Ifhonfus^ and his 
three daughters. 
But ftaiej what dames are theft fo bright of hew ^ 
Whofe eies are brighter then the lampes of heauenj ' 
Fairer then rocks or pearle and pretious (lone. 
More lo uelie farrc then is the morning funne, 
When firrt fhe opes hit oriental) gates. 

K^lfon. Daughters be gone,and hie you to y churchy 
%^ nd I will hie me downe vnto the key. 
To fee what Marchandife is come afhore. 

Ex. Omncs, 

Pol. Why hownowmyLord^whatinadumpe, 
To fee theft: damftls pafle away fo foone ? 

K^ureL Tnift me my friend I muft confeflc to thee, 
1 tooke fo much delight m thefe faire dames, 
c^s I doo wiili they nad not gone fo foone, 
But if thou canft, refolue me what they be, 
And what old man it was that went with them, 
For I doo long to fee them once againe. 

PoL I cannot bUme your honor good my lord. 
For they are both louely, wifc/aire and yong. 
And oncpfcbem thcyoongellofthe three 
Ilong haue Wd ({wtci friend ) and flic lou'd me, 
Butneuer yetwe could not find a meanes 
How we might compadeour dcfired ioycs. 

B Anr^L 


Act I 

Sc.i. The taming of a Shrerv. Sc.iv 

j^urel. Why, is not her father willing to the match? 
?oL Yes mift me, but he hath folcmnlic fworne, 
t I4Z His eldeR daughter firft fhall be efpovvfdc, 
t i<4z Before he graiuites his yoongcft leaue to !oue, 
And therefore he that meancs to gci their loues, 
Muft firft prouJde for her if he will fpeed, 
And he that hath her fhall be fettred fo. 
As good be wedded to the diuell hi mfelfe^ 
For fuch a skould as (he did neiier Hue, 
And till that fl>c fxr (bed none elfe can f|^eed. 
Which makes me thinkc that all my labours loft. 
And who(bere can get hir fimie good will, 
A lai'ge dowric he fhall be fure to hauc. 
For her father is a man of mightie wealth, zs 
And an ancient Cittizen of the town e^ 
And that was he that went along with them. 

urel. But he fhall kccpe hir ftillby myaduife, 
t^ nd yet I needs mull loue his fecond daughter 
The image of honor and Nobilitie, 
In whofc (vvcetperfon iscomprifdcthefomme 
Ofnaturesskill and heaucnlie maicftie. 

Pel, I like your choifcjand glad you cbofeiiotmine. 
Then ifyouliketo follow on your lone. 
We muft deuife a meaaes and find fbme one 
That will attempt to wed this deuililTi skould, 
i^nd I doc know the man. Corne hither boy. 
Go your waies firha to Ferandoes houle, 
Dcure him take thepaincs to come to me. 
Fori muftfpeake with him immediadie. 
Boy, I will fir, and fetch him prefentKe. 
Pot. A man I thinkc will fit hir humor right. 
As blunt in (beech as (he is (harpe of toong> 
o<f ad he i thinke will match hir euerie waxe, 
And yet he is a man of weiUch fufficienc, ^-a 


The tarnin^ of a Shrew. 
>^ncI for his perfon worth as good as fhe, 
At\d if he compalTe hit to be iiis w i fe. 
Then may we freelie vifite both our loues, 

i^urel. O might 1 fee the centerof my foule 
Whoft facred beaucic hath inchantcd me, 
More faire then was the Grecian HeUm 
For whofe fweet fake fo many princes dide. 
That came with thouland iliippes to Tenedos, 
But when wc come vnto hir fathers houfe. 
Tell him I am a Marchants fonne of Qt jhis, 
That comes for traffi ke vnto thens heerc. 
And heere firha I will change with you for once. 
And now be thou the Duke oiCeJlm fonne, 
Reuell and fpend as if thou wcrt my fclfe. 
Fori will court my loue in this difguife. 

VnL My lordjhow if the Duke your father fhould 
By fome meanes come to ^thcpjs lor to fee 
How you doo profit in theie publike fchooles, 
And hnd me clothed thus in your attire. 
How woiild he take i t then thinke you my lord ? 

ttreL Tufh feare not Valeria let me alone, 
But ftaie, heere comes fome other companie- 

Enter Tcrando and iiis man S^miders 

with a blew coat. bcji. 
PoL Here comes the man that / did tcl you of 
Ferafi' Good morrow gentlemen to all at once. 
How now Polidor, what man ftill in loue } 
Euer wooing and canft thou ncuer fpeed, 
God lend me better luck wheni jTiallwoo, 
SitH. / warrant you maiilcrandyou takemy councelL 
leran. Why firha, are you fo cunning ? 
San, Who I, twcre better for you by fiue marke 
And you could telhow to doo it as well as 1. 

B 2 Pol 



The taming of a Shrew. s c w: 

Pel, I would thy maifter once were in the vaine. 
To trie hiinfelfc how he could woe a wench, 

Fer4;j. Faith I am eucn now a going. 

Sa^, I faith fir, my maifters going to this geere now. 

Pel, Whither intaith Ffr^We?, tell me true. 

Fcr^/f. To bonic X^/^^ the patientft wench aliue 
Tlic diuel himfclfe dares fcarce venter to woo her, 
Signior Ifir^fis eldcft daughter. 
And he hath proniifdc me fix thoufand crownes 
If I can win her once to be my wife, 
And fhe and I muft woo with skoulding fure, 
Jnd I will hold hir toot till fhe be wcarie. 
Or elfe lie make her yeeld to graunt me loue. 

PoL How like you this Aurelitts^ I thinkc he knew 
Our mindcs before we lent to him. 
But tell me, when doo you mea ne to fpeake with her > 

Feran. Faith prefendie, doo you bu t ftand afidc. 
And I will make her father bring hir hither. 
And fhe, and I, and he, will talke ak>ne, 

Pol. With al our heartes, Come Aurel'tm 
Let y s be gone and leaue hi m heerc alone* Exit. 

Femi. Ho Signiouri^^;^,whofe within there ^^*^' 

^Ifon. Signiour Ferando your welcome hartilie^^ 
You arc a ftranccr fir vnto my houie. 
Hat kc you fir, looke what I aid promift you 
He pcriorme, if you get my daughters loue. 
Feran. Then when I haue talkt a word or two with hir^ 
Doo you ftep in and giue her hand to me, 
And tell her when the marriage daic fhal be, 
For I doo know (he would be married faine^ 
And when our nuptial! rites be once perfbrmde 
Let me alone to tame hir well enough) 
Now call her foorth that I may fpeake with hir. 
Enter X^/^*. 


The taming of a Shrew. 
K^ifon, Ha /C^/fjComehither wench &d lift to me, 
Vfe this gentleman friendlie as thou canft. 
Tenin, Twentiegoodmorrowestomy louely X4/<'. ,^31 
Kdtc. Youicftlam fiire,isflicyoursalreadier* 
Vsran, I tell thee Kdte I know thou iou* ft me well, 
Kau. The dcuill you doo, who lold you fo ? 
Teran. My mind ftvect KAtc doth fay I am the man^ zes f 
Muft wed,and bed, and marricbonnieiC4/f. x,iH\2'\2^ 
Kate, Was euer fecne fo grofe an affe as this r* 
Fcraa. I, to ftand fo long and ncuer get a kiffe. 
Kate. Hands ofFl fay^and get you from this place; 
Or I wiJ fet my ten commandments in your face. 

J^eran. I prcthedookatc ; they fay thouart afhrew* 
u.^nd I like thee the better for 1 would hauc thee (b. 
KAte, Let go my handjfbr fcare it reach your care. 
Feryin* Nokate5this hand is mine and I thy loue. 
Kate. In faith fir no the woodcock wants his taile. 215 1 

Ferafh But yet his bil wil ferue^ ift he other failc, 
K^lfon, How now f^rWi?, what faies my daughter ? a^af 
IcrAn. Shees willing fir and loues me as hir life. 3«>«t 
Kate. Tis for your skin then, hire not to be your wife. 
x^lfon. Come hither Kate and let me giue thy hand sva f 
To him that I hauc chofen for thy loue, 
t^nd thou to morrow fhalt be wed to him. 

Kate. Why fathcr^whatdoyoumeanetodo withme> 3«7t 
To giue me thus vnto this brainfick man, 
That in his mood cares not to murder me 

She nirnes afide and fpcakes. 
But yet I wil! conftntand marrie him. 
For I mcthinkes haue liudc too long a maid. 
And match him to^or elfe his manhoods good. 

%^lfon. Giue mc thy hand Ferando loues thee wel> 3it» \ 
e^nd will with wealth and eafe mainraine thy ftate* 
Here Ferando take her for thy wife. 



Sc.i. The taming of a Shrew. Scv. 

f 32S ^nd funday next fhall be your wedding day. le 

FerarJ. Why fo^ did I not tell thee I fhould be the man 
t S22 Father, I ieaue my louelie Kate with you, 

Proiiidc your felues againft our raariagc daie. 
For I muft hie me to my countric houfe 
In haft^to fee prouifton may be made. 
To entcrtaine my /C/z/t- when iTic dooth come. 

Ifon. Doo fb, come K^te^ why dooft thou lookc 
1 299 So fadjbe merric wench thy wedding daies at hand. 
Sonne fare you wcll^and fee you keepe your promilc. 
Exit Alfcnfo and Kate. 
Teran* So, all thus farre goes well. HoSauftder. 

Enter S/j»/;^r laughing. 
Saff. S W^r, 1 faith your a beaft, /crie God hartilic 
Mercie, my harts rcadie to run out of my bellie with 
Laughing, I flood behind the doore all this while, 
y^nd heard w hat you faid to hir. ( wcl to hir.'* 

Feran. Why didft tliou think that I did not (peakc 
San , You fpoke like an aflc to her^Ile tel you what, 
nd I had been there to hauc woode hir, and had this 
Cloke on that you haue, chud haue had her before (he 
Ha d gone a foot furder, and yoq talke of Woodcocks 
with her^and I cannot rcllyou what. (for all this. 

JFera^. Wei rirha,& yet thou feetl I haue got her 
San. 1 marry twas more by hap then any good cunning 
I hope fbeele make you one or [he head men of the 
Feran. Wd firha Icaue your icfting and go to Polidors 
The y ong gentleman that was here with mc, ( houfe, 
nd tell him the circumftance ofall thou know ft, 
f 394^-5 Tell him on funday next we muft be married, 
nd if he aske thee whither I am gone, 
Tell him into the countrie to my houfe. 
And vpon fundaie lie be heere againe. By , Vcrando^ 


The taming of a Shrew. 

Sxn, I warrant you Maiftcr fcare not me 
For dooing of my DiifinclTe. 
Nov\' hang liim that has not aliueric cote 
To flafh it out and (wafh it out amongft tht proudeft 
On them. Why looke you now lie fcarce put vp 
Plainc Sannder now at any of their handes, for and any 
Bodic haiie any thing to doo with my maiftcr, ftraight 
They come crouching vpon me^I bcfecch you good M, 
Sounder fpcake a good word for mc, and then am I fo 
Stout and takes it vpon m€5& ftands vpon my pamoflles 
T o them out of all eric, why 1 hauc a life like a giant 
Now, but that my maifter hath fuch a pcftilent mind 
To a woman now a Iate,and I haue a prettie wench 
To my fiftcr, and I had thought to hauc prefcrd my 
Maiftcr to her, and that would haue bccne a good 
Deale in my waie but chat hces fped aircadic. 

Enter PoiidorjooiQ. 

Boy. Friend, well met. 

San. Soiins, friend w ell met. I hold my life he fees 
Not my maifterj; liuerie coat, 
Plainefriend hop of my thum, kno you who we are. 

Boy. Truft me fir it is the vfe where I was borne. 
To falutc men after this manner, yet notwithftanding 
If you be angrie withme for calling of you friend, 
1 am the more (brie for it^ hoping the ftilc 
Of a foole will make you amends for all. 

San. The flaue is forie for his fault, now we cannot be 
Angrie, wel whacs the matter that you would do with vs. 

Boy, Marry fir,! hcarc you pertain to fignior 

San. I and thou beeft not blind thou maift fee, 

Eccejignumy hecrc. 
B<yy. Shall / intreat you to doo mc a mcflage to your 



The taming of a Shrew. Sc.v. 
I5 it may be,&: you tel vs from whence you com. ^ 
Man ic fir I icrue yong Polidor your maifters 

Do you fcruc him,and whats your name ? 
. Roy, My name firha,l tell thee firha is caMCatapie. 
Sah, Cake and pie,0 my teeth waters to haue a peecc 

Bey, Why Uauc woiildft thou eatc me ? 

San, Eatc thee, who would not eate Cake and pie? 

"Boy. Why villaine n)y name is Catapic, 
Beit wilt thou tell me where thy maifter is. 

San. Nay thou muft firft tell me where thy maifter is, 
For I haue eood ncwcs for him, I can tell thee. 

Boy, Wliy fee where he comes* 

EntcxPo/i4ory Aurclifis and Valeria. 

Pol. Come fiveet Aurclim my faithful! friend. 
Now will wc go to fee thofe iouclie dames 
Richer in bcawtic then the orientpearlc, 
Whiter then is the Alpine Chriftali mould,^ ^^^^^ 
A\\^ farre more louche then the terean plant,) 
That blulliing in the aire turncs to a ftone. ^ " 
What Sander, whatncwcs with you ? 

San, Marry fir my maifter (ends you word 
That you muft come to his wedding to morrow. 

Pol. What, lliall he be married tnen ? 

San, Faith /,you thinke he ftandes as long about it as 
you doo. 

PoL Whither is thy maifter gone now ? 

San. Marrie hees gone to our houfe in the Countrie, 
To make all thinges in a readinefte againft my new 
MilbelTe comes thid3cr,but heeie come againe to 

?oL This is fuddainliedifpaccht belike, 
Well, firha boy, take Satwder in with you 



The taming of aShrev^, 
And haue him to the buttrie prefentlie. 

JBcy» \v/i!ii{k:con\e Sounder. 

Exit Sounder and the Boy. 

AureL Valeria as crfte we did deuife, 
Take thou thy lute and go to lfonfos\iow&^ 
And fay that Polidur fent thee thichen 

Pol, I Valeria for he (poke to me, 
To helpc him to fomc cunning Miifiuon, 
To teach his eldeft daiighter on the lute. 
And thou I know will fit his turne (b well 
As thou (halt get great fauour at his handes, 
Begon Valeria and fay I lent thee to him. 

Valer I will fir and ftay your comming at t^lfonfis 

Exit Valeria 
PoL Now fweete ^urelim by this deuife 
Shall we haue leifiire for to courte ourloues. 
For whilft that (he is learning on the lute, 
Hir fifters may take time to ffcelc abrode. 
For otherwife'llicic keep them both within^ 
And make them workc whilft fhe hir felfe doth play. 
Bat come lets go vnto Alfonfos houfe. 
And fee how Valeria and Kate agreefe, 
I doute his Mufick skarfc will plcafc his skoller. 
But Hay here comes Alfinfo, 

Enter %^lfinJo 

Alfinfo. What M. Polidor you are well mett, 
I thanke you for the man you fent to me, 
A good Mufition I thinke he is, 
I haue let my daughter and him togither. 
But is this genteliman a frend of youres? 

PcL He is , I praie you fir bid him welcome, 
Hc*s a wealthie Marchants fonne of Cejlus. 

Alfonfo. Your welcora fir and if my houfe aforde 

C You 


The taming of a Shrew. 
You any thing that may content your mind, 
I pray you fir make bold with me. 

AnreL I thanke you fir, and if what I h%uc got. 
By marchandife or trauellon the feas, 
Sattins or lawnes or azure colloured filke, 
Or prctious firie pointed ftones of Indie, 
You fhall command both them my fclteand all. 

c-^ Ifin. Thanks gentle fir, Polidor take him in. 
And bid him welcome to vnto my houfe, 
For thou I thinke muft be my fecond fonne, 
ferando^ Polidor dooft thou not know 
Muft marry Kate^znA to morrow is the day. 

FoL Such newes I heard, and /came now to know. 
K^lfon, Polidor tis true, goe let me alone, 
For I muft fee againft thebridegroome come, 
That all thinges beaccording to his mind, 
>^nd fo He leaue you for an houre or two. Exit. 

Pel. Come then Ai*rele$4$ comt m with me, 
And weele go fit a while and chat with them. 

nd after bring them foorth to take the aire. Exif . 

Slk^ S/w, when will the fboJe come againe? 
l^rd. Hcclecome againe my Lord anon. 
Slie. Gisfome more drinke here, (buns wheres 
The Tapfter, here Sm eate Ibme of thdfe things* 
Lord, Soldoo myLord<. 
site. Here Sim^l drinke to thee. 
Lord. My Lord heerc comes the plaiersagaine, 
she. O braue, heers two finegendewomen. 

Act IL Enter Vakria with a Lute and Kate 

Sc.i. | with him. 

Vale, Thefencelefle trees by mufick hauebin moou^d 
^ndatthefoundof pleafent tuned ftrings, 



The taming of <t Shrew^ 
Haue fauagebeaftes hung do wne their liftning heads, 
o/s though they had beene caft into a trance. 
Then it may be that (he whomi nought can pleafe, 
With mufickes found in time may be furprifde, 
Come louely miftrefle will you take your lute, 
t^Tnd play the Icflbn that I taught you laft/' 

Kafe, It is no matter whether 1 doo or no. 
For truft noe / take no great delight in it. 

Fale. I would fweet miftrefle that it laie in me. 
To helpe you to that thine thats your delight. 

Kate. In you with a peftlence,are you (o kind? 
Then make anight cap of your fiddles cafe, 
To warmeyour head, and hide your filthie face. 

Val. Ifthat fweet miftrefle wereyour harts content, 
You (hould command a greater thing then that, 
i^lthough it were ten times to my difgrace. 

Kate. Your fo kind twcre pittic you (hould be 

c^nd yet methinkes the foole dooth looke afquint. 

Fal. Why miftrefle doo you mocke me ? 

Kate. No, but I meane to mouc thee, 

T/i/. Well, will you plaiealittlef 

Kate. I, giue me the Lute, 

^4/. That flop was falf<^ play it againe. 

Kate. .Then mend it thou, thou filthy aflTe. 

ral. What, doo you bid me kifle your arfe > 

Kate. Hownowiackfaufe,youraiolliemate, 
Your beft be ftiUleaft I crofle your pate, 
u^nd makeyour muftcke flie about your eares. 
He make itand your fooli(h coxcombe meet. 
She offers to ftrike him with the lute. 

M Hold miftrefle/ounswilyoubreakemy lute? 

Kate. /onthyhead,andifthoufpeaketome, 

C ^ There 


The tmingofaShrm. 
There takeitvp and fiddle (bmewhereelle. 

She dirowes it downe. 
And fee you come no more into this place. 
Lead that I clap your fiddle on your face. Ex.Kate^ 

VaU Souns, teach hir to play vpon the lute > 
The deuiil fhal teach her firft, I am glad fhees gone. 
For I was neare fo fraid in all my life^ 
Butthat my lute (hould flie about mine eares. 
My maifter (hall teach her his fclfe for me. 
For He kcepe me far enough without hir reach. 
For lie and Poly dor fent me before 
To be with her and teach her on the lute, 
Whilft: they did court the other gendevvomcnj 
cxf nd heere methinkes they come togither. 
Enter Anreltu^^ Polidor^ EmeUa^ 
and Phtlem. 

Pol. How now Valeria^ whears your miftrefTe ? 

VaL At the vengeance I thinke and no where el/e, 

ylurel. Why Valeria,, will fhe not leame apace ? 

VaL Yes berlady fhe has learnt too mucn already. 
And that I had felt had I not (poke hir faire, 
But (he Oiall neare be learnt for me againe. 

K^urel, Well T/^/rmgoto my chamber, 
And bearc him companie that came to date 
From Cejlus^ where our aged father dwels. Ex. Valeria.. 

PoL Come faire Bw/i^ my louelieloue, \ 
Brighter then the bucnifht pallace of the fiinne^ 
The eie-fight of the glorious firmament, 
In whofe bright lookes fparkles the radiant fire/ 
\N^\tPrornetheus flilic ftoie firom loue^^ ) 
Infufing breath, life, motion, fbule, 
To euerie obied flxiken by thine eies. 
Oh faire Emelia I nine for thee, 
of nd either muft enioy thy loue, or die. 

/ £ Met/a, 


The taming of a Shrew. 

lEme. Tie man J know you vvill not die for loue. 
Ah, Polidor thou nccdft not to complaine, 
Eternall heauen fooner be difTolude, 
C^nd all that pearfcth Phebus filuer cie. 
Before fuch hap befall to Polidor. 

Pol. Thanksfaire Emelta for thefe fweet words. 
But what faith Phylena to hii friend f 

Thyle. Why I am buyine marchandifc of him. 

x^unl. Miftreflc youihall not need to buie of me. 
For when I croft die bubline Canibey, 
And failde along the Criftall Hclifpont, 
I filde my cofcrs of the wealthie mines^ 
Where I did caufe Millions of labouring Moores 
To vndcrmine the cauerncs of the eanh. 
To feeke for ftrange and new found pretious ftones. 
And diue into the fea to gather pearle. 
As fairc as luno offered Priams fonne, 
AnA you fhall take your liberall choice of all. 

Phyle. / thanke you fir and would Phylem might, 
/n any curtefie reauiteyou (b, 
t^s fhc with willing hart could well beftow. 


Enter i^^/f/S. 

%^lfin. How now daughtersjisJ^r^/^A? come? 

£me. Noc yet father, I wonder he ftaies fo Ion g. 

i^lfon. And wheres your fitter that fhc is not hecre ? 

Phyle- She is making of hirreadie father 
To goe to church and if that he were come. 

Pol. J warranryou heele not be long awaie. 

iu^lfon. Go daughters get you in, and bid your 
Sifterprouide herfelfcagainft that we doo come^ 
And Icc you goe to church along with vs. 

£x// PhiUm ^nd Emelia. 
I marueJUhat f ^'r.j/a^fc comes not away. 

The taming of aShrero. 

Pol. HisTailoritmaybehathbintoofiacJce^ 
In his apparrell which he meanes to weare, 
For no queftion but (bmc fantafticke fiites 
He is determined to wearc to day, 
A nd richly powdered with pretious (lones^ 
Spotted with liquid gold, thick fer witli pearte^ 
And fuch he meanes fhall be his weddine futes. 

c^^'^;/. I carde not I what cofl he did beftovvj 
In goldor filkejfp he himfelfe were heere> 
Fori had rather lofeathoufandcrownes, 
Then that he ftiould dcceiue vs hecre to dale, 
Butfoft I thinke I fee htmcomc> 

Enter Fer4nda bafelie attired^ and a 
redcap on his head. 

Feran^ Godmorow fa therj Polidor well met, 
Youwonderlknowthatl haueftaidfolong. 

^IfitJ. I marriefon^wc werealmoftperfwaded, 
That we fhould Icarfe haue had our brioegroome h^ 
Butfay> why art thou thus bafely attired 

Ireran^ Thus richlie father you fhould haueiaid, 
For when my wife and 1 am married once, 
Shees fuch a (hrew, if wc fliould once fal out, 
Sheele pul my coftlie futes ouer mine eares, 
And therefore am I thus attired awhile, 
Formanie thinges Itell you'irin my head. 
And none muft know thereof but Kate and/, 
For we fhall li ue like lammes and Lions fure, 
Nor lammcs to Lions neuer was fo tame, 
If once they lie within the Lions jpawes 
As Kate to me if we were married once, 
^s^nd therefore come let vs to churchprefently^ 

PoL Fie Ter/tndo not thus atired for (name, 
Come to my Chamber and there fute thy felfe. 


The taming of n Shrew 

Act in 


Of twentie fistes chat I did neuer were* 

Jperm. Tufh PoMcr I haue as many futes 
Faiitafticke made to fit my i mmor fo 
As any in Athens and as richlie wrought 
As was the Maflie Robe that late adomd, 
Th^iftately legate of the Perfian King, 
And thisfrom them hauc I made choifeto wearc. 

K^lfin. I prechie Terando let me intreat 
Before thou goftevnto the church with vs, 
Tbputfomeotherfutevponthy backe. 

Term, Not for the world if 1 mightgainc it (b, 
And therefore take mc thus or not at al j> 

But foftfe where my Katt doth come, 
I muft falute hir: how fares my louely Katef 
What art thou readief ftiall we go to church.? 
Kate. Not I with one fo mad, (b bafely tirde. 

Tharas it ftemesfometimes isTrom his wits, 
Or elft he would not thus hauc come to vs. 
reran. TufhX4/<r theft words addes greater loue in me 
And makes me thinkc thee iairrcr then before) 
Sweete Kate the lonelier then Dianas purplerobe. 
Whiter then are the fnowie Apenis, 
Or icie haire that groes on Boreas chin. 
Father I fweare by Ibis golden beake. 
More faire and Radiente is my bonie Kate^ 
ThenfiluerZanchus when hedothimbrace, 
The ruddie Simies at Idas fecte. 
And care not thou (wece Kdtu how I be clad. 
Thou fhalt haue garments wrought of Median fiJ ke, 
Enchaft with ptetious lewellsfeeht from far. 
By Italian Marchants that with Ruffian ftcmes. 
Pious vp huge forrowes in the tar en Mairif^ 

Enztt Kae, 

To marriefuch a filthie flauifh 


The taming of a Shrew. 
ArA better farre my louely iC^^^'Oiall wearc^ 
Then come fwect loue and let vs to the church 
For this I fweare fliall be my wcdciingfutc. 

Exeunt omn. 

K^lfon, Come gentlemen go along with vs. 
For thus doo what we can he will be wed, Eycit. 

EntctPoifdprs boy and Sander, 

Bf^* Come hitherfrrha boy. 

64;?. Boy; oh dilgrace to mypcrfbnjfbimsboy 
Of your fece5you haue many boies with fuch 
Pickadeuantes I am fure^fbuns would you 
Hot haue a bloudie noft for this?* 

Boy. Come^come^IdidbutiefljWhereisthat 
Same pcecc of pie that I gaue thee to keepe. 

Sm. Tlie pier*! you haue more minde ofyour belUe 
Then to go fee wlut your maifter dooes. 

Boy, ^ ufh tis no matter man I prethe glue it me,, 
I am verie hungry I promifethec- 

San. Why you imy take it and the dcuillburft 
You with it, one cannot fauea bit after fupper, 
But you are alwaies readie to munch it vp, 

hoy. Why come man^ we iliall haue good cheere 
Anon at the bridchoufe; foryour maifters gone to 
Church to be married alteadie, and ihears 
Such cheerc as pafleth* 

Sm. O braue, I would I had eate no meat this week 
For i haue neuer a corner left in my bellie 
To put a venfon paftie in, I diinke I fhall burfl: my felfe 
With eating, for Ilefocram ntedowne the tarts 
^nd the marchpaincs^ out of all crie 

B&y ^ 1, but how wilt thou doo now thy maifters 
Married, thy miftrefle is fuch a dcviill, as meek make 
Thee forget thy eating <juid(ly, Hicde beat thee fo. 

The tdwmg of a Shrevi>. I 

San, Let my inaifter alone with hir for that, for | 
Heelc make hir tame wclinoiigh ere longe I warent thee 
For he^s ifiich a churle waxen now of late that and he be 
Neuer fo little angry he thums me out of all crie, 
Butin my niinde (irra the yongeft is a verie 
Prettie wench, and ifl thought thy maifter would 
Not haue hir Idc haue a Hinge at hir 
My fclfe,Ile fee foone whether twill be a match 
Or norand it will not lie fet the matter 
Hard for my felfe I warrant thee. 

Boy. Sounes you flaue will you be aRiuall with 
My maifter in his loue, fpeake but foch 
>f nother worde and He c ut off one of thy legges. 

San, OhjCruell iudgemcnt,nay thenfirra. 
My tongue fhailtalkc no more to you^ marry my 
Timber fhall tell the truftie meffage of his maifter, 
Euen on the very forehead on thee jthou abufious 
Villaine, therefore prepare thy felfe. 

Boy. Come hither thou Imperfeckfious flaue in 
Kegard of thy beggery, holde thee thcres 
Twofhillings for thee? to pay for the 
Healing of thy left legge which I meane 
FuriouUy to inuade or to maime at thelcaft. 

San, O fupernodicall foule? well lie take your 
two fhillinges but He barre ftriking a t leggcs. 

Boy. NotI,forIleftrikeanywherc, 

Ban. Here here take your two (hillings again 
Ilelee theehangderclle fight with thee, 
I gat a brokenfhin the other day, 
Tis not, wholeyet and therefore He not fight 
Come come wny fhould we fall out? 

Boy. Well firray your faire words hath fomething 
Alaied my Coller: i am content for this once 
To put it vp and be firends with thee^ 

D But 

The taming of a Shrew ^ 
But (oft fee where they comealltrdm church. 
Belike they be Married a Uredy. 

Enter l erando and Kate and Alfonfo andPclidor 
and Em ciia and Aureltus and Phitcmn. 

feraft. Father farwell, my Kate and I mud horn e , 
Sirra go make ready my horfe prefeadie. 

K^lfon, Your horfe! what fon I hope you doo butieft^ 
I am lure you will not go fb fuddainlv. 

KAte, Let him eo or tarry I am rcfolu^de to ftay^ 
And not to traueffonmy vvedding day. 

J^eran, Tut i^ff I tcllthee wemuftncedes go home^ 
VillaiiK haft thou faddlcd my horfeP 

San, WhichJKorfe, your curtail? 

feran. Sounes you Uauc ftand you prating here.** 
Saddcll the bay geidingfor your Miftris. 

Kate Nottormetforlknotgo* ("pence 

Son, Theoftlcr willnoclec me haue him^you owe ten 
For his meate^ and 6 pence for fluffing my miftris faddle. 

I (ran. Here viUaine go pay him ftraight. 

San. Shall I gi uc them another pecke of lauender. 

Jeran. Outllaueand bring them prefenilv tothe^dore 
If on. Why fon I hope a t lea ft y oule <fine with vs 

San. I pray you maifter lets (lay tiU dinner be don* 

lerm, Sounesvillaine art thou here yet? Ex* Bander. 
Come Kate our dinner isprouided at home. 

Kate. Butnotformejforherelmeanetodixie, 
He haue my will in this as well as you. 
Though you in madding mood would Icaue your frends 
Defpite ofyou He tarry with them ftill 

Eeran. I Kate fo thou fhakbut at fomc other time, 
Wlienas tbyfiftcrsherefhallbeefpoufd. 
Then thou and I will keepe our wedding day, 
/n better fort then now w€ can prouide. 

The taming of a Shrewn 
For here I promifc thee before them ail. 
We will ere long returnc to them againe, 
Conie Kafe ftand not on termes we will awaie, 
This is my day, to morrow thou fhalc rule, 
And I will doo what euer thou commandes. 
Gentlemen farwell, wele take our leues. 
It will be late before that we come home. 
Exit Ferando and Kaie» 

Pol. Farwell Ferando fincc you will be gone. 

K^lfon. So mad a cupple did I neuer fee. 

FmeL They*rc euen as well macb t as I would wiA. 

Phik^ o^nd yet I hardly thinke that he can tame her. 
For when be has don (he wjil do what (he lift. 

Ami Her manhood then is good I do beleeue. 

Fol K^urelms or clle I mifle my marke. 
Her toung will walke if (he doth hold her handcs, 
Jam in dout ere halfe a month be paft 
Helc curfe the prieft that married him fo foone, 
o/rtd yet it may be fhc will be reclaimde. 
For i he is verie patient grone of late. 

KJflfbn, Goa hold it that it may continue ftill, 
1 woiiid be loth thatthey fhould difagree. 
But he I hope will holdc her in a while. 

Pol Within thi? two daies I will ride to him, 
o^nd fee how louingly they do agree, 

K^lfon. Nowi^/«r^//*wwhatfavyoutothis, 
What haue you fent to Ccftm as youlaid, 
7b certifie your father of your loue. 
For I would gladlie he would like of it, 
c^nd if he be the man you tell to me, 
/gefle heisaMarchantofgreatwealth. 
cx/ndJ haue feene him oft at t^^^^i^^ here, 
And for his fake alfure thee thou art welcome. 

Vol AndfotomewhileftPi?/i^rdoth]iue. 


The taming of a Shrer^. 
f^rel. I find it fo right wortnie gentleme^i. 
And of what worth your frcndfhipl efieme, 
I!eue cenfureofyourfcuerallchoughcs. 
But for requitall ofyourfauours pail, 
Refts yet behind^ which when occafionferucs 
I vow fhalbe remembred to the full. 
And for mv fathers comming to thi s place, 
I do cxpca within this weeke at moft. 

^Ifin, Inough y^i^r^-Z/Vft/? but we forget 
Our Maniagc dinner non the bride is gon> 
Comelct vsfewhat thererhey Icftbehind. Exit Omrus 

Enter Sanders with two or three 

Ban, Com€ firsprouide all thinges as jfaft as you can^ 
For m V Mafters hard at hand and my new Mi'ftris 
And all, and he fent me before to fee all thinges redy. 

Tom. Welcome home Sander fura how K>okes our 
New Miftrss they lay a plagie rtirev^'. 

Sm. I and that thou fhalt find I can tell thee and thou 
Doft notpleafe her well, why my Maifter 
Has fuch a doo with hir as it pafieth and he's euen 
like a madman, 

WilL Why Sander what dos he lay. 

San. Why lie tell you w hat: when they fhould 
Go to church to be nianed he puts on an olde 
Jerkin and a paire of canuas breeches downe to the 
Small of his leggcand a red caoon his head and he 
Lookesas thou wilt burft thy felfe with iaffing 
When thou feeft him: he<sene as good as a 
Foole for me: and then when they fhould go to dinner 
He made me Saddle the horfeand away he came. 
And nere tarried for dinnerand therefore you had beft 
Get fupper rcddy againft they come/or 


Sc. riii. 







Act IV. 

The tamng of a Shrew Sc.i. 
They be hard at hand / am fure by this time. j ^2€ \ 

Tom. Sounes fee where they be all redy . 

Enter Ferando and Kate, \ 
Feran, Now welcome X/^/eivvhet^esthefe villains \iz3^ 
Here, what? not fupper yet vppon the borde: ! us f 

Nor table fpred nor nothing don at all, ' 
Wheres that villaine that I fent before. 
San. Now,4i^«^,fir. 

Fcran. Come nether you villaine lie cut your no(e, 
You Roguchelpe me of with my bootes: wilt pleafe 
You to lay the cloth? (buncs the villaine 
Hurts my foocc? pull eafely I fayjyet againe, 

T hey touer the bordand fetch in the me ate. 
Sounes? burnt and skorcht who dreft this meatei* 
Will Forfouth lohn cooke. 

He throwes downe the table and meate 
and all, and beates them. 
Teran. Go you viUaines bringe you me fuch meate. 
Out of my fight I % and beare it hence, 
Come Kate welc haue other meate prouided, 
Js there a fire in my chamber fir? 

San. Iforfootn, Exit Ferando and Kate* 

Manent (eruingmen and eate vp all the meate. 
Tom. Sounes? I thinkeof my confeience my Mafters 
Mad fince be was maried. 

Will* I laft what a boxe he gaue Sander 
For pulling of his bootes. 

Enter Ferando againe. 
San. I hurt his foote for the nonce man. 
Feran. Did you fo you damned villaine* 
He beates them all out againe* 
This humor muft I holde me to a while. 



The tamwg of a Shrerv Scix. 
To bridle and hold backe my headftrong wife, 
With curbes of hunger: eafe; and want offlecpe. 
Nor fleepe nor ineatc fhallrtie inioie to night, 
He mew her vp as men do mew their hawkes> 
And make her gentlie come vnto the lure, 
Were fheas ftuborne or as full of ftrength 
As were the T hracim horfe hides tamde, \ 
That King fed with flefh of men, I 
Yet would I pull her downe and make her come / 

A s hungry hawkes do file vnto there lure. ] Exit^ 

\ 'EmiziAf^relim and Valeria. Sc .x 

ureL Valeria attend: I baue a louely lotie. 
As brightasis theheauencriftaliinCj 
As faire as is the milke white way of loue. 
As chaft as Phcehe in her foramcr fportes. 
As fofte and tender as the a/iire downe, 
!rhat circles Cithereas filacr doues. 
Hei* do /meane to make my louely bride, 
And in her bed to breath the fweetc content. 
That / thou knowft long time haue aimed at. 
Now Valeriait refts in thee to helpc 
To compaflc this, that / might gaine my loue, 
Which cafilie thou maift performe at will, 
If that the marchant which thou toldft meoC 
Will as he layd go to Ifonfos houfe, 
^nd fay he is my father, and there with all 
Pasouercertainedeedes oflandtoniej 
That I thereby may gaine my hearts deiire* 
AwA he is promifed reward of me. 

VaL Feare not my Lord He fetch him ftraigh i to you, 
For hele do any thing that you command. 
But tell me my Lord, is Verando married then? 

AureL He is: and Pali dor fhortly (hall be wed, 
Andhe meanes to tame his wife ©rebng. 


Thetdming of a Shrew, 
rale. Hefaiesfo. 

Jurtl, Faith he's gon vnto the taming fchoole, 

rM, The taming fchoole; why is there fuch a place? 

JurrL I : and Per undo is the Maifter of the fchoole. 

VaL Thats rare: but w\i9Xd€carum dos he vfe? 

i^ureL Faith I know not; but by fom odde dcuife 
Or other, but come Valeria 1 long to fee the man, 
By whomc wc mull comprife our piotted'drift, 
Tnat I may tell him what we haue to doo. 

Vol. Then come my Lord and I will bring you him 

%^ureL Agreed, then lets go. £xennt 

hnitx Sander and his Aliftres. 
San, ComeMiftris. 

Kate. Sander I prethc helpe me to fome meate, 
J am fo faint that I can fcarfely ftande. 

San. I marry miftris but you know my maifter 
Has giuea me a charge that you muft eatc nothing, 
But that which he Ri mfelfe giueth yoit 

Kate. Why man thy Maifter needs neucr know \u 

San. You fay true indede: why lookc you Miftris, 
What fay youto a peefe of bceffe ahd muftard now? 

Kate. Wh^ I fay tis excellent meate, canft thou 
helpe metolomei^ 

San. I, I could helpe youto ferae but that 
I doubt the muftard is coo colierick for you, 
But what fay you to a fheepes head and garlick? 

Kate. Why any thing,! carenotwhatitbe. 

San. I bur the garlike I doubt will make your breath 
ftincke, and then my Maifter will courfe me for letting 
You eate it: But what fiy you to a fet Capon.*' 

Kate, rhats meate fora King fweet Sander helpe 
Mc to fome of it 

SiM, Nayberladythentistoodeer^forvSjwemuft 



The taming of a Shrevo. 
Not meddle with the Kings meate. 

Kate Outvillainedoftthoumockeme, 
Take that fbrthy fawfinefle, 


San, Souncs are you fb light fingerd with a murrin. 
He keepeyou fafting for it this two daies. 

Kate, 1 tell thee villainc He tear the flefh of 
Thy face and eate it and thou prates to me thus. 

San. Here comes my Maiuer now hele cour/e you. 
Enter Ferando with a peece of meate vppon his 
daggers point and Polidor with him. 

Feran. Se here Kate 1 haue prouided mcate for thee. 
Here take it: whatiftnot wortnie rhankes, 
Goe firrar* take it awaie againe you fhallbe 
Thankefullfbr the next you haue. 

Kate Why I thankc you for it. 
Feran. Nay now tis not worth a pin go firray and take 

San, YesnrlleCarrieithencerMaifter let her 
Haue nonefor fhe can fight as hungrie as fhe is. 

PoL I pray you fir let it ftand, for 1 !e eate 
Some with her myfelfe, 

Fera;^. Well firrafet it do wne againe. 

Kate. Nay nay I pray you let him take it hence, 
A nd keepe it for your o wne dicte for He none, 
He nerc be beholding to you for your Meate, 
1 tell thee flatlie here vnto the thy teethe 
Thou flialt not kcepe me nor fecde me as thou lift, 
For I will home againe vnto my fathers hou(e. 

Fenw. I,whenyou^r meekeandgentellbutnot 
Before, 1 know your flomack is not yet come downe, 
TJierefore no maruell thou canfte not eate, 
And I will goe vnto your Fathers houfe. 
Come Polidor let vs goe in againe. 


The taming of a Shrew. 

And KMe come in with vs I know ere longe. 

That thou and I (hall louingly agree. Eoc, Omnes 

Enter Aurelm Valeria and Phy lotus 
the Mar chant, 

AureL Now Senior P^/^?////, we will go 
Vnto Ifonfos houfe^and be fure you (ay 
As I did tell you, concerning the man 
That dwells in CefluSj whofe fon I faid I was. 
For you doo very much refemble him, 
^nd feare not : you may be bold to fpeake your mind 

Phylo, I warrant you fir take you no care, 
lie vfe mv felfe fb cunning in the caufe. 
As you fnall fbone inioie your harts delight. 

Aurel. Thankes fweet Phylott^^ then (lay you here, 
And I will go and fetch him hither ftraight. 
Ho,Senior Ifonfox a word with you. 

^viXxxK^lfonfb. (matter 
Ifon, Whofe there? what Aurelh^s whats the 
That you (land fo like a ftranger at the doore? 

t^ureL My father fir is newly come to towne, 
And I haue brought him here to fpeake with you. 
Concerning thole matters that / tolde you ot, 
And he can certcfie you of the truth . 

Ifon. /s this your father? you are welcome fir. 
Phyw. Thankes Alfinfi^ for thats your name I geflfe, 
I vnderftand my fon hath fet his mind 
And bent his liking to your daughters loue. 
And for becaufe he is my only fon. 
And I would gladly that he fhould doo well, 
I tell you fir, I not mifiike his choife. 
If you agree to giue him your conlent. 
He flualThaue liuing to maintaine his ftate, 

E Three 

A ihoufand mafTie in gots ofpure gold. 
And twife as many bares ofuluer plate, 
1 freely giue him, and in writing ftraight. 

The taming of a Shrew. 
Three hundred poundes a yeere I will aflure 
To him and to his heyres,and ifthey do ioyne^ 
And knit themfelues in holy wedlock bande. 

I will confirme what I haue faid in wordes. 

^Ifon, Trull: me I mufl commend your liberal! mind. 
And louing care you beare vnto your /on, 
AnA here 1 giue him freely my confcnt. 
As for my daughter I thinke he knowes her mind. 
And I will inlarge her dowrie for your fake. 
And folemnife with ioie your nuptial! rites, . 
But is this gentleman of Cejlus too? 

urel. He is the Buke of Cejius thrife renowned fon. 
Who for the loue his honour beares to me; 
Hath thus accompanied me to this place. 

Alfonfo. You weare to blame you told me not before, 
Pardon me my Lord, for if I had knowne 
Your honour had bin here in place with me, 
I would haue donne my dutie to your honour. 

VaL Thankes good ^Ifonfox but I did come to fee 
When as thefe marriage rites lliould be performed; 
And if in thefe nuptiallsyou vouchfafe^ 
To honour thus the prince of Qejlus frend. 
In celebration of his fpoufall rites ^ 

Phylo. I humbly thanke your honour good my Lord, 
And ere we parte oefore your honor here: 
Shall articles offuch content be drawne. 
As twixt our houfes and pofterities, 
Eternallie this league of peace fhall laft^ 
Inuiolat and pure on cither part: 


The taming of a Shrew, 
Alfonfo. With all my heartland if your honour pleaft. 
To waltce along with vs vnto my houfe, 
Wt will confirme thefe Icaguesof lading loue. 
VaL Come then Aurelius Iwill go with you. Ex. omms^ 

Enter Vcrnndo and Kate and Sander. 
San, Mafter the habcrdafher has brought my 
Miflrefle home her cappe here. 
Feran. Come hither firra: what haueyou there*^ 
Hah or. A veluet cappe fir and it pleaft you. 

Feran. Who fpoake for it? didft thou Kate? 
Kate. What if I did,come hither firra5giue me 
The cap. He fee if it will fit me. 

She fets it one hir head. 

Feran. O monftrous: why it becomes thee nor. 
Let me fee it Kate: here firra take it hence, 
This cappe is outof fafhion quite. 

Kate The fafhion is good inough; belike you, 
Meane to make a foole of me. 

Feran. Why true he meanes to make a foole of thee^ 
jTo haue thee put on fuch a curtald cappe, 
firra begon with it. 

Enter the Taylor with a go wne. 
San. Here is the Ta^'^r too with my Miflris gowne. 
Feran. Let me fee it T^^rrwhat wi th cuts and iagges? 
5ounes you villaine, thou hafl fpoiled the gowne. f tion, 
Taylor, Why fix I made it as your man gaue me direc- 
You may reade the note here. 

Feran, Come hither firra; Taylor reade the note. 
Taylor. Itemafaireroundcompaflcape. 

San. Ithatstrue. 
Taylor. And a large tnmcke fleeue. 

E 2 Sander 




63\ 6ft 





The taming of a Shrew. 

San. Thatsalicmaifler,! faydtwotrunckefleeues. 

Feran. Well fir goe forward. 

Tailor, Item a loofe bodied gowne. 

Saj7. Maifter if euer I fayd loofe bodies gowne, 
Sew meinafeameand beatemeto death, 
Wltha bottome of browne thred. 

T ailor. I made it as the note bad me. 

San. I fay thenote lies in his throatc and thou too, 

T'^/Z^r.Nay nay nere be <b hot firra,forI feare you not, 

San. Dooft thou heare Taylor .;i\\ow haft braued 
Many men: braue not me. 
T'hou'ft fade many men. 

Taylor, Well fir. 

San. Face not me He nether be fafte nor braued 
At thy handes I can tell thee. 

Kate, Come come I like the fafhion ofit well enough, 
Heres more a do then needs lie haue it I, 
And if you do notlike it hide your eies, 
I thinke I fhall haue nothing by your will. 

Teran. Go 1 fay and take it vp for your maifiersvfe. 

San. Souns: villainc not for thy life touch it not, 
Souns, take vp my miftris gowne to his 

Feran. Well fir: whats your conceit ofit. 

San. I haue a deeper conceite in it then you 
thinke for, take vp my Miftris gowne 
To his maifters vfer" 

Feran. T ailor come hether; for this time take it 
Hence againe, and He content thee for thy paines. 

Taylor. I thanke you fir. Exif Taylor. 

Feran. Come Kate we now will go fee thy fathers houfe 
Euen in the(e honeft meane abilliments. 
Our purfes (hallbe rich, our garments plaine. 


191 t 

19C \ 
195 1 

/f7 + 

Act rv^ 

The taming of a Shrew, .Scjjl 
Tofhrowd our bodies from the winter rage 
And thats inough, whatfhould we care for more 
Thy fifters Kateio morrow muft be wed, 
t^nd 1 hauepromiied them thou lliouldftbe there 
The morning is well vp lets haft away , 
It will be nine a clocke ere w e come there. 

KaU. Nine a clock, why tis allreadie paft two 
In the after noone by all the clocks in the towne. 
Fera?2. I fay tis but nine a clock in the morning. 
Kate, yfay tis tow a clockinthe after noone. 
Feran, It fhall be nine then ere we go to your fathers, m t 

Comebackeagaine, we will not go today. 
Nothingbut crofTmg of me ftill, . 
He haueyoufay asl doo ere you go. E%euni omnes. 

Enter Polidor^Emelia^K^ urelms and Philema. 

Pol. Faire Emelia fommers fun bright Queene, 
Brighter of hew then is the burning clime. 
Where PMhs in his bright a?quator fits. 
Creating gold and preffious minneralls, 
What would Eme/ia doo? if 1 were forft 
To leaue faire t^thens and to range the world 

Erne. Should thou aifay to scale the feate ot loue, 
Mounting the futtle ayrie regions 
Or be (hacht vp as erfte was Gammed^ 
Loue fhould giue winges vnto my fwift defires. 
And prune my thoughts that I would follow thee. 
Or fall and perifh as did 

Aurcl, Sweetly refolued faire Emelia^ 
But would Phylema fay as much to me, 
7f I fhould aske a queftion now of thee. 
What if the duke of Cefti^s only fon, 
Which came with me vntoyour fathers houfe, 
Should fecke to git Phylemas loue from me, 



The taming of a Shrew. 

C.ould he mftaJl me £^/.r«of rhe world 
Or make me Queeneandguidres ofthe heauens. 
Yet would /notexchangethy loueforhis, ' 
Thy company ispoore Pbtlemmhczuen, 
And without thee, heauen were hell to me 

Erne. Andftouldmyloueas erfted.d/fW^^ 
Attemptto paffe the burning vaites of hell 
1 would w|thpiteous lookesandplcafing wordes 
As oncedid Orfheus with his harmony 
And rauiHiing found of his melodious harpe 
^a-categrimP/«/^andofhimobtaine, ^ ' 
That thou miPhteft Po and fafe retourne againe. 
^ P^y/.. AnJthouI^niyloueasearftZ.^;,^^did, 
Attempte tofwimme theboyling helifpont 

JorHfm Joue-notowers ofbrafle ftoJild hold 
Butlwouldfolow thee through thoferacineflouds 

With bendedknees vpon ^hidas ilioore. 
I would with fmokie fighes and brinifh teares 
Importune iV^//*wand the watry Gods 
Withfounding Tritonsto be ourconuoy 
V'^n'Ppn vs rafc vnto the fhore, 

Redoublmgk,fleon&ffe vpon thycheekes, 

Erne. ShouldP*/fcifcrasgreatt^fM/«dii 
^iketo the warlike Amazjanim Queene, 




The taming of a Shrew 
Who foyld thebloudie Pirrhus m urderoiis grecl<e, 
lie thiufl my feUe amongft the thickefl throngs, 
And with my vtmoflforce afftft my loue. 

Phyie, Let Eole florme: be mild and quiet thou. 
Let Neptune (well, be %^ urelinscdXmt and plcafed, 
1 care not 1 , betide what may betide , 
Let fates and fortune doo the worfl they can, 
1 recke them not: they not difcord with me, 
Whilft that my loue and I do well agree- 

AureL Sweet Phylemd bewties mynerall. 
From whence the fun exhales his glorious fhine, 
^nd clad the heauen in thy reflected raies, 
>^nd now my liefeft loue,tne time drawes nie, 
rhat Himen mounted in his laffiron robe, 
Mufl with his torches waight vpon thy traine. 
As Hellens brothers on the horned Moone, 
Now lum to thy number fhall I adde. 
The faireft bride that euer Marchant had. 

PoL Come fairc EmeltA the preefle is gon. 
And at the church your father and the refte, 
Do ftay to fee our marriage rites performde. 
And knit in fight of heauen this Gordtm knot. 
That teeth of fretting time may nere vntwift. 
Then come faire loue and gratulate with me, 
This daies content and fwect folemnity. Onmei 

Slie Stm muft they be married now? 

Lord, /my Lord. 

Enter Ferando and Kate and Sander. 

Slie. Locke Sim the foole is come againe now. 

Feran. Sirra go fetch our horfles forth, and bring 
Them to the backe gate prefcntlie. 

San I will fir /warrant you, Exit Sander. 

Feran, Come Kateih^ Moone fhines cleere to night 
methinkcs. i^^^^- 

Sc v . 


The taming of a Shren? Sc, 
Kate. The moone? why husband you are deceiud 
It is the fun. 

Feran. Yet againe: come backe asaine it (hall be 
The moone ere we come at your fathers. 

Kate. Why He (ay as you fay i t i s the moone. 

Feran. lefus faue the glorious moone, 

Kate. lefus faue the glorious moone. 

Feran. I am glad Kate your ftomack is come downe, 
I know it well thou knoweft it is the fun, 
But I did trieto fee ifthou wouldft fpcake. 
And crolTe me now as thou haft donne before. 
And truft me^4/^ hadft thou notnamedthe moone^ 
We had gon back againe as furc as death, 
But foft whofe this thats comming here. 

Enter the Bukeof Qefius alone. 

Buke. Thus all alone from Ceflm am I come. 
And left my princelie courte and noble trainc. 
To come to Athem^ and in this difguife. 
To fee what courfe my fon Aureliusx^Vts^ 
But ftay, heresfomeit may bcTrauells thether. 
Good fir can you deredt me the way to Athem> 

Ferando fpeakes to the olde man, 
Fairc loucly maide yoong and affable. 
More cleerc of hew and fir more beautiful!. 
Then pretious Sardonix or purple rockes, 
Of Am'uhefta or gliftcring H'tajmthey 
More amiable farre then is the plain. 
Where gliftringC^/^^m in filuer boures, 32 
Gafeth vpon the Giant K^ndromede^ 
Sweet Kate entertaine this louely woman. 
jOnVe. I ihinke thcman ismad he calles meawomark 





The taming of a Shrev^. 

Kan, Faire louely lady, bright and Chriftalline, 
Bcwtcous and ftately as the eie-traind bird, 
o^s glorious as the morning wafht with dew. 
Within whofc cies (be takes her dawningbcames, 
Andgoldenfommerfleepes vpon thy cheekes, ' 
Wrap vp thy radiations in fbme cloud, 
Leaft that thy be wty make this ftately towne. 
Inhabitable like the burning:^*^'. 
With fweet refleaions of thy louely face. 

DuVe, What is (he mad tof or is my (hape transformd, 
That both ofthem perfwade me I am a woman , 
But they are mad forehand therefore He bcgon, 
o/nd leaue their companies for fear of harme. 
And vnto t^thens haft to fecke my fon. 
Exit Duke, 

reran. Why fo Kate this was friendly done of thee, 
And kindly too: why thus muft we two liue. 
One mindcjone heart,and one content for both, 
This good old man dos thinke that we are mad, 
And glad he is I am fure, that he is gonne, 
But come fweet Kate for we will after him, 
c^nd now perfwade him to his ihape againe. 

Bmevt^lfo/ifi andPhylomandValeria^ 
Polidor^Emelia ^AureltmandPhylema. 

t^lfon. Come louely fonnes your marriage rites 

Lets hie vs home to fee what cheere we haue, 
I wonder that Ferando and hi s wife 
Comes not to fee this great folemnitie, 
Pol, No maruell if Ferando be away, 

F That 

Act IV. 

Sc. V. 




The taming of t Shrerp. 

That he remaines at home to keepe them warme. 
For forward wedloclce as the prouerbe fayes. 
Hath brought him to his nightcappc long agoe. 

Phyla, But Pf)Ud^r let my (on and you take heede. 
That Tcrando fay not ere long as much to you, 
And now Alfonfo more to fhe w my loue. 
If vnto Ccjlus you do fend your (liips^ 
My felfc will fraught them with Arabian (ilkeSj 
Rich affrickfpices Arras counter poines, 
Muske Cajftai iwtctimdXxn^^mbergreece^ 
Pearlc, curroll chriftaM, iett,and iuorie^ 
To gratulate the fauors of my fbn. 
And friendly bue thatyou hauefhone to him. 

V %i€. And for to honour him and thi s fairc bride. 
Enter the Buke ofCeftus. 
He yerly fend you from my fathers courie. 
Cherts of refind fuger feuerally, 
Ten tunne of tunis wine, fuckct fweet druges. 
To celibrate and fblemnifc this day, ' 
And cuftome free your marchants fhall conuerfe: 
c^nd interchange the profits of your land, 
Sending you gold for braffe, fiiuer for leade. 
Cades of filke for packes of woll and cloth^ ' 
To binde this friendfhip and confirme this league. 

Duke, I am glad fir that you would befb franke, 
re you become the Dulce diCefius fon, 
t-^^nd reuels wich my treafurc in the to wne. 
Safe vtllaine that thus diJTionorcft me. 

Vd, Sounes it is the Duke what (haij I doo, 
Diftionour thee why, knowft thou what thou faiflr' 

Buke. Her's no viilaine; he will not know me now^ 
But whatfay youf haue you forgot me too? 

Vhylo, Why fir, areyou acquainted with my fon? 

Buke. With thyfonfno trurt: me if he be thine. 


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Ipray you fir who am I? i 
t^ureL Pardon me father: humblie on my knees, ns \ 
I do intrea t your grace to heare me fpeake. 

Duke. Peace villaine: lay handes on them, 
y^ndfend themto prifonftraight. wu\ 
Phylotus and Valeria runnes away 
Then S//V?fpeakes, 
S//V. I fay vvele hauc no fending to prifon. 97 1 

Lord. My Lord this is but the play, theyre but in ieft. 
SUe. I tell thee Sim wele haue no fending , 
To prifbn thats flat: why Sim am not I Don Qhriflo Vary> 
Therefore /fay they fhall not goto prifbn. \ 

Lord. No more tney fhall not my Lord, 
They be run away. 
5z Site. Are they run away Sim} thats well, 

Then gis fomc more drinkejand let them play againe* 
Lord. Here my Lord 

Site drinkes and then falls 3 fleepe. 
Dt4ke. Jh trechcrous boy that durftprefume, 
To wed thy fclfc without thy fathers leaue, 
I fweare by fay re Cintheas hurtling rayes. 
By Mcrops head and by (cauen mouthed Nile, 
Had I but knowne ere thou hadft wedded her> 
€0, Were in thy brell the worlds immortall foule. 
This angrie fword fhould rip thy hateful! cheft^ 
^nd hewd tliee fmaller then the Lihtan fandes.. 
Turne hence thy face: oh cruell impious boy, 
t^lfonfi I did not thinkeyou would prefume. 
To mach your daughter with my princely houfej 
nd nere makeme acquainted with the caufe. 
Alfon. My Lord by heauens I Iweare vnto your grace, wz f 
/knew none other but Valeria your man, 
Had bin the Bt/kc of Ceftus noble fon, 

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Nor did my daughter I da re (w eare for her. 

Duke. That damned villaine t hat haih del u ded me, 
Whome I did fend guide vnto my Ton ^ 
Oh that my furious force could cleaue the earth 3 
That I might mufter bands of hellifh fcendes. 
To rack his heart and teare his impious fbulc. 
The ceafelefie turning ofceleft iall orbes, 
Kindles not greater flames in flitting aire, 

Ai^reL Then let my death fweet father end your griefe^ 
For I it is that thus haue wrought your woes. 
Then be reuengd on me for here I fwcare, 
That they are innocent ofwhat I did, 
Oh had / charge to cut of Hjfdraes hed^ 
To make the toplefle y^^^/a champion field, 
To kill vntamed monfters with my fword, 
To trauell dayly in the hottcft fun, 
1^ nd watch in winter when the nightes be colde, 
i would with gladncffe vndertake them all, 

So that my nobic father at my returne. 
Would but forget and pardon my offence, 

Phile. Let me intreatyour grace vpon my knees, 
To pardon him and let my death difcharge 
The heauy wrath your grace hath vowd gainft him. 

P<fl* %J4 nd good my Lord let vs in treat your grace, 
To purge your ftomack of this Melancholy, 
Taynt not your princely minde with griefe my Lord^ 
But pardon and forgiuethefe louers faults, 
Thatkneelingcraueyour gratious fauor here, 

EmeL Great prince of Cejltts^ let a womans wordes, 
Intreat a pardon in your lordly breft, 
Both foryour princely fon, and vs my Lord, 
Dfike. i^urelius Uand vp I pardon thee. 



The tamwg of a Shrew sd. 
I fee that vertue will haue enemies, 
And fortune willbe thwarting honour flill, 
o^nd you faire virgin too lam content, 
To accept you for my daughter fince tis don, 
And fee you princely vsde in Ceftus courte. 

Phyle. Tnankesgood myLordandlnolonger liue, 
Then /obey and honour you in all; 

Ifon. Let me giue thankes vnto your royall grace. 
For this great honor don to me and mine. 
And ifyour grace will walke vnto my houfe, 
/will in humbleftmanerlcan, fhow 
The etemall feruicc I doo owe your grace. 

Duke Thanks good ^lfonfo\ but I came alone. 
And not as did befceme the CeJlidnDukcy 
Nor would 1 haue it knowne within the towne, 
That I was here and thus without my traine. 
But as I came alone fo will I go. 

And leaue my fon tofolemnife his feaft, j^s \ 

JnA ere't belong lie come againe to you, 
And do him honour as beleemes the (on 
Gf mightie lerohell the Cejlian Duke, 
Till when ilc leaue you, FarwcU t^urelius, 
%^ ureL Not yet my Lord,Ile bring you to your fhip. 
Exeunt Omms, 

Lord. Whofe within there? come hither firs my Lords 
A fleepe againe: go take him eafily vp, 
And put him in his one apparell againe, 
And lay him in the place where we did find him, 
luft vnderneath the alehoufe fide below. 
But fee you wake him not in any cafe. 
Boy, It fhall be don my Lord come helpe to beare h im 
hence, £%it. 


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Enter ferandoX^ urelim and Polidor 
and his boy and Valeria and Sander. 

Jeran. Come gentlemen now thatfiippers donne, 
Hovv (hall welpend the time till we go to oed? 

Aurel, Faith if you will in triall ofour wiues. 
Who will come fowneft at their husbands call. 

"Pol. NaythenJer^/^rff^hemuftneedesfitout, 
For he may call I thinke till he be weary. 
Before his wife will come before the lift. 

Ferm. Tis well for you that haue fuch gentle wiues, 
Yet in this triall will I not fit out, 
It may be Kaie will come as foone as yours. 

AureL My wife comes fooneft for a hundred pound. 

FoL I take it: He lay as much toyoures. 
That my wife comes as foone as I do (end. 

ureL How now FerandoyoM dare notlay belike. 

Feran. Why true I dare not lay indcede j 
But how, fo little mony onfo fure a thing, 
%^ hundred pound: why I haue layd as much 
Vpon my dogge, in running at a Deere, 
S ne {hall not come fo farre for fiich a trifle. 
But will you lay fine hundred markes with me, 
^nd whofe wife fooneft comes when he doth call, 
^nd fhewes her folfe moft louing vnto him. 
Let him inioye thewager I haue laid, 
Now what fay your* dare you aducnturc thus? 

PoL I weare it a thoufand pounds I durft prefume 
On my wiues loue: andlwill lay with thee. 

%^lfon. Hownowfonswhatinconfercncefohard, 
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^urel. Faith father a waighty caufe about our wiues 
Fiue hundred markes already we haue layd> 
And he whofe wife doth (hew moft loue to him, 
He mufl inioic the wager to hi mfelfe. 

K^lfon, Why then Ferando he is fure tolofe, 
Ipromifethcefon thy wife will hardly come, 
And therdbre I would not wifh thee lay fo much, 

Feran, Tufh father were it ten times more^ 
1 durft aduenture on my louclv Kate^ 
Butif Ilofelle pay,andfo fhallyou. 

i^urel. Vpon mine honour if I loofe He pay. 

Pol. And fo will I vpon my faith I vow. 

Feran. Then fit we downe and let vs fend for them, 
Alfon. I promife thee Ferando I am afraid thou wilt lofc 

Aurel. He fend for my wife firft , Vdena 
Go bid your Miftris come to me» 

VaL I will my Lord. 

Exit Valeria. 

f^urd. Now for my hundred pound. 
Would any lay ten hundred more with me, 

Feran. I pray God you haue not laid too much already. 

t^ureL TruflmcF^/a;;/^ l am fure you haue. 
For you I dare prefume haue loft it all. 

Enter Valeria aga inc. 

Now firra what faies your miftris? 

VaL She i s fomething bufie but (hele come anon, 

Fernn, Why lb. did not I tell you this before, 
Sheisbufreand cannot come. (fwere 

K^ureL I pray God your wife {end youfo good an an- 
Shemay bebufieyetfhefayesfliele come. 

Feran. WeUwdl;P<'//^r fend you for yoar wife. 



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\ *7 Pol Agreed JB^Tydefireyourmiftristocomehither. 

Boy, Iwfllfir Ex, Boy, 

\ 88 Feran, I fo fo he defiers her to come. 

^Ifon, Pi?/f^<7rIdareprefumeforthee, 
I thinke thy wife will not deny to come. 
And I do maruell much ureltus, 
That your wife came not when you fentforhcr. 

Enter the Boy againe. 

\ w j>ol. Now wheresyourMiftris.^ 
t .'>/ Boy Shcbad mc tell you thatfhe will not come, 
f 02 Andyouhaueanybufinefre,youmuftcometoher 
t >4 J^r^iAf. Oh monflrousintolierableprefumption, 
Worfe then a blafing ftarre,or fnow at midfommcr, 
She will not come; but he muft come to her, n 

Pol, Well fir /pray you lets here what 
A nfwere your wife will make, 
f 95 Feran, Sirra, command yourMiftris to come 
f 9e Tomeprefentlie. Exit Sander. ie 

jikrel. 1 thinke my wifefor all (he did not come, 
Will proue moft kinae for now I haue no feare. 
For I am fure Ferandos wife, flie will not come 

Feran. The mores the pittie; then I muft lofc. so 
Enter KateznA Sander, 
t o,n But I haue won for fee where Kate doth come, 
t Kv Kate* Sweet husband did you fend for me? 

Feran- 1 did my loue 1 fent tor thee to come, 
Come hither X^^^, whats rhat vpon thy head 
t Kate* Nothinghusband but my cap Ithinke 

t -1^2 Feran PuUitofandtreadeitvnderthyfeete^ 

Tisfoolifh I will not haue thee weare it. 87 
She takes of her cap and treads on it 






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Pol Oh wondcrfull mccamorphofis. 

MreL This is a wonder; almoft paft beleefc. 

Teran. This is a token of her true lone to me. 
And yet He trie her further you ftiall fee. 
Come hither Kate where arc thy fifters, 

JOtte. They be fitting in the bridall chamber. 

Feran. Fetch them hither and if they will not come, 
Bring them perforce and make them come with thee. 

Kate. I will. 

Alfon. Ipromifc thee Vermdo 1 would haue (Ivornc, 
Thy wife would nere haue donne (b much for thee. 

feran. But you fliall fee (he will do more then this. 
For fee where fhe brings her fiftcrs forth by force. 

Enter Kate thrufting Phylema and Ewelia before her, 
and makes them come vnto their husbands call. 

Kate See husband I haue brought them both. 
Ferarf. Tis well don Kate. 
Bme* I fiite and like alouingpeecCjyour worthy 
To haue greatpraife for this attempt. 

Phyle. /for making a foolc of her felfe and vs. 
tireL Befhrc w thee PhyUma^ihoyx haft 
Loft me a hundred pound to night. 
For I did lay that thou wouldft nrft haue come. 
PoL But thou Emlia haft loft me a great deale more. 
Erne. You might hauekeptitbetter then. 
Who bad vou lay? 

Feran. Now loudy Xtf/^ before there husbandshere, 
I prethe tell vnto thete hedftrong women, 
what dutie wiues doo owe vnto their husbands* 

Kate. Then you thatliue thus by your pompered wills, 
Now lift to me and matke whati uiailfay) 
Theternallpowerthatwith his onlybreach, 
Shall caufe this end and this beginning fi-ame, 

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Not in timCjnor before timej but with time,confu$d. 
For all the courfe of yeares, of ages, moneths. 
Of feafons temperate, of dayes and houres. 
Are tund and ftopt, by meaiure of his hand, 
Ttie fir ft world was, a forme, without a forme, 
A heape confusd a mixture all deformd, 
A gulfe of gulfes, a body bodiles. 
Where all the elements were orderks. 
Before the great commander of the world , 
The King of Kings the glorious God of heauen, 
Who in lix daies did frame his heauenly worke, 
And made all things to (land in perfit courfe. 
Then to his image he did make a man. 
Olde t-// dam and from his fide a fileepe, 
A rib was taken, of which the Lord did make, 
The woe of man fb termd by Jdam then. 
Woman for that, by her came finnc to vs. 
And for her fin was ^dam doomd to die, -'S 
As Sara to her husband, fo fhould we, 
Qb^y them, louetbejiix kcepe> and nourifh tliem, 
If they by any mcanes doo want our helpes, 
L avingour handes vnder theire feete to tread, 
If that by that wc, might procure there eafe. 
And for a prefident lie firft begin, 
And lay my hand vnder my husbands feete 

She laic5 her hand vnder her husbands feete. 
Te/an, Inough fwect, the wager thou hafl won. 
And they I am lure cannot denie the fame. 
^ Jlfon, iFcrando the wager thou haft won, 
And for to flie w thee how 1 am pleafd in thisj 
A hundred poundes I freely glue thee more. 
Another dowry for another daughter, 
For Aie is not the fame fne was before. 

Femn. Thankes fweet father, gentlemen godmght 




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For KAte and / will leaue you forto night, 
Tis Kate and I am wed.and you are fpe A t 
Andfofarwcllfor we will to our beds. 

£xi$ Ferando and Kate and Sander, 
x^lfon. Now K^urelius what fay you to this? 
i^ureL Bcleeue me father I rcioice to fee, 
Ferando and his wife fo louingly agree. 

Exit %^urelius and Phylema and 
K^lfonfo and Valeria. 
£me. How now Pcliuor in a durap^ what fay ft thou 

Pol. /faythouartafhrew. ^^'^t 
Erne. Thats better then a fheepc. 
Pol. Well fmce tis don let it go. come lets in. 
Exit Polidor ondBmelia, 

Then enter two bearing of S//> in his 
O wne apparrell againe, and leaues him 
Where they found him, and then goes out. 
Then enter the T affter. 

Tapfler. Now that the darkcfome night is ouerpaft. 
And dav/ning day apeares in criftall sky. 
Now muft I haft abroad: but (oft whole this? 
What site oh wondrous hath helaine here allnight, 
lie wake him, I thinke he s ftarued by this, 
But that his belly was fo ftuft with ale. 
What how Slicy Awake for fliame. 

Slie. Sim gis fome more wine? whats all the 
Plaiers gon; am not I a Lord ? 

Tapfter. A Lord with a murrins come art thou 
dronkenftill? ^, 

Site. Whofethis? T.t/y?ifr,ohLordfirra,Ihauehad 
The braueft drcame to nighty that euer thou 
Hardeftinalithylife. _ ^ 

The taming of a Shrew. 

Tapfler, I marry but you had bcft getyou home> 
For your wife will courfe you for dreming here to night, 

SUe Wiilflief I know now howtotameafhrewj 
1 dreamt vpon It all this night till now, 
Ajid thou hafl wakt me out of the beft dreame 
That euer I had in my life, but He to my 
Wife preftntly and tameher too 
And if flu* anger me. 

T^wfier. Nay tarry Site for lie eo home with thee, 
And heare the reft that thou haft dreamt to night, 

Eseunt Omnes.